What's your biggest driving distraction?

9th June 2016

Distractions happen all the time. Whether we're sat in a meeting, listening to a friend's story or watching TV, we all get distracted from time to time. Distractions in these situations are usually harmless.

Back seat distraction

However, being distracted behind the wheel can have serious, and potentially fatal, consequences. But what are the biggest driving distractions for the British public?

According to a survey by Mother and Baby magazine, the majority (95%) of the 2,000 parents questioned said a baby or child having a tantrum had taken their attention off the road.

Of those surveyed, over two thirds considered this distraction to be as dangerous as chatting on the phone while behind the wheel.

Did you know?

  • Drivers under the age of 20 only account for 1.5% of licence holders in the UK but they're involved in 9% of fatal and serious crashes.
  • 23% of 18-24 year olds crash within two years of passing their driving test.
  • 22% of crashes can be attributed to driver distraction.

One of the most worrying discoveries of the survey was that 8% of the parents questioned admitted causing an accident because their child had been crying.

But it's not just parents getting distracted at wheel. Another study found that teenagers are amongst some of the most distracted motorist on the roads.

According to the research, nearly six in 10 road crashes involve teenage motorists being distracted at the wheel.

While drivers aged between 17 and 19 may only make up 1.5% of licence holders in the UK, figures reveal they are involved in 9% of fatal and serious crashes where they are the driver.

Amongst teenagers, perhaps unsurprisingly, texting was found to be the biggest distraction. The recent AAA Foundation survey revealed that nearly half of teen drivers admitted to reading a text message or emailing while driving in the last 30 days.

Child safety week

  • Takes place every year and is run by Child Accident Prevention Trust.
  • The theme for 2016 is turn off technology.
  • It encourages families to pledge to turn off technology to help reduce the risk of accidents.

Use this year's Child Safety Week to help you reduce your distractions while driving. This year's campaign, which is running between 6th and 12th of June, is focusing on "Turn off technology!"

Dedicate this week to turning off your technology while driving to make you a safer motorist. If turning your phone off is a step too far, just put it on silent and put it in a place you can't reach. It really is true what they say: out of sight, out of mind.

What distracts you the most while driving?

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