40% of drivers switch off behind the wheel

40% of drivers switch off behind the wheel 11th February 2014

It is easily done, something distracts you in the car or at the side of the road and you lose concentration on the road ahead of you.

However, a new survey conducted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and Vision Critical has revealed just how common it is to lose concentration behind the wheel, with 40 per cent of the 1,500 people questioned admitting this has been an issue for them.

Younger motorists were the most likely to lose focus while behind the wheel, with 50 per cent admitting this had happened while they were driving a vehicle. This is alarming due to the likelihood of motorists between 18 and 25 being involved in a collision.

Not far behind this group was the 24-34 year olds, with 47 per cent of this group saying they do not concentrate 100 per cent of the time.

IAM chief executive Simon Best highlighted the common signs of a lack of concentration, such as missing turnings or uncancelled indicator lights.

"Simply not concentrating is a key cause of crashes yet it is not borne out in statistics because drivers rarely admit to it in police reports or on insurance forms," he explained.

“These results reconfirm stereotypes surrounding younger drivers and the ease with which they can be distracted away from staying safe. The key is to build up as wide a range of experiences as possible as you learn and to look upon your driving as a skill that needs continuous improvement.”

Some good news did come from the survey, as it indicated road knowledge and driving experience is crucial, with older drivers less likely to lose focus while behind the wheel.

Seventy-three per cent of over 65 year-olds say they concentrate on the road all of the time that they are driving.

In terms of regional differences, 64 per cent of drivers in the north-east and Wales, said they concentrate all the time, while Londoners are most likely to be distracted while driving.

Concentration behind the wheel can be difficult, how do you stay focused on long drives?

Posted by Danielle Barge