Friday 21 October 2016
In keeping with our tenth anniversary year, we thought we’d share a list of the most common driving distractions to remind you to stay safe on the roads.
1. Eating and Drinking – If you eat your breakfast on the way to work it is likely you won’t be giving the road your full attention
2. Listening to music – it is not so much the listening that can distract you, but the changing of radio stations or flicking through your playlist.
3. Using your phone – we all know that phones and driving don’t mix, but did you know that texting drivers are 23 times more likely to crash than those paying full attention to the road
4. Viewing an incident – most of us would admit to slowing down to view an incident on the road involving other motorists, but in doing so we are actually putting ourselves and others at risk of an accident on the road ahead
5. Dozing off – tiredness can be one of the worst driving distractions with around 5% of motorists actually admitting to nodding off whilst behind the wheel.
6. Other occupants – if you have ever driven anywhere with children you will realise how easy it is to become distracted by their arguments when you should be concentrating on the road
7. Pets – almost a quarter of UK households own a dog, and often these pets need to be transported to the vets, kennels, dog day care or just out with the family for the day. Barking or movement from the back seat or boot can be distracting when driving. We reveal how even F1 drivers can become distracted by children and pets!
8. Applying make-up – using your mirrors to check the application of mascara or lipstick is not the best way to stay alert when driving.
9. Adjusting devices or controls within the vehicle – just as changing the radio station can be distracting, so too can adjusting your climate control, altering your mirrors or moving your seat forwards or backwards.
10. Smoking – it is not just lighting a cigarette that takes your attention away from the road but also distinguishing one.
Even worrying about your vehicle can be a distraction, so remember to maintain regular servicing to give you one less thing to worry about.
Use our Good Garage Scheme website to find a trustworthy garage in your area.