One Quarter of Motorists Admit to Driving While Tired
Close to a quarter of motorists in the UK admit they regularly drive while tired, a new survey has revealed. Online vehicle marketplace Exchange and Mart surveyed 100 men and 100 women, finding that 24 per cent of participants admitted to frequently driving while tired – a practice that is responsible for 62 per cent of road accidents.
It also found that men are more prone to driving while tired than women – with 28 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women citing this as their largest distraction while driving.
A further nine per cent of survey respondents admitted to regularly using their mobile phones while driving, a distraction that accounts for 12 per cent of road accidents.
Adjusting features such as a car’s air conditioning or radio was the most common distraction facing motorists, with 63 per cent of survey participants admitting to regularly being distracted by such activities. Other passengers were a common distraction for 40 per cent of respondents.
Jim Murray Jones, general manager for Exchange and Mart, said: “Our survey results reveal that men and women are equally and most commonly distracted by their passengers, ensuring the air con is ‘just so’ and the music choice is to their liking.
“However, men are more prone to being distracted by eating and drinking than women, who are sidetracked by adjusting mirrors, seatbelts and seat positioning. Whatever the distraction, as many as 72 per cent of drivers have admitted to multitasking whilst driving and as such are putting themselves and their passengers at considerable risk.”
Exchange and Mart backs Road Safety Week, which started on Monday. It encourages drivers make the Brake Pledge, run by road safety charity Brake, to: “Drive slow, sober, secure, silent, sharp and sustainable.”
Murray Jones commented: “There are three forms of distracted driving: visual, manual and cognitive. Visual distractions will lead to the driver’s eyes being taken from the road, manual distractions cause the driver to take one or both hands from the wheel and cognitive is similar to visual, but will lead to the driver’s attention being drawn away.
“It’s astonishing to realise that around 95 per cent of all road accidents can be blamed in part to human error. However, a staggering 75 per cent of these can be wholly blamed on human errors. Road Safety week reminds all motorists to stop and think about the things they do, which could be putting themselves and others at risk.”