STUDY REVEALS DRIVERS’ MOST DANGEROUS HABITS AT 100KMS
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
What risky behaviours do you engage in while you’re driving? New research has revealed what drivers’ worst vices are at about 100kms on the UK’s busiest roads.
The survey found that 57% of drivers admitted to opening a bottle and having a drink while driving, 48% change CDs, 35% have eaten a sandwich and 29% are distracted by adjusting their sat-nav system.
In South Africa, according to Arrive Alive, distracted driving is described as “an epidemic sweeping our roads.” The National Highway Traffic Administration puts cellphone use at the top of the list of our driver distractions.
Many South African respondents in an informal survey admitted to the following behaviours whilst driving at about 100kms: putting on lipstick; brushing their teeth and doing their hair, checking themselves out in the mirror; turning around to check on their children and even shaving!
According to John October, spokesman for Dial Direct: “Research showed that 15% of people surveyed reached for items in the glove compartment at the same time as driving at about 100kms. While this activity might seem innocent and actually has become commonplace, it could be deadly, as could all these other driving habits.”
Local drivers claimed that because of rushing to get to work, they often finished getting ready in the car. The informal survey also revealed that eating and drinking was commonplace with many South Africans sipping their hot morning coffee (an accident waiting to happen!) in the car or eating breakfast or lunch while on the road. Tuning the radio or inserting a CD was another major vice for South Africans.
“It’s very important to concentrate at all times while driving by making sure that your focus is always on the road ahead. Even taking your eyes off the road for just a second can cause you to have an accident,” says October.
Take control of bad driving habits by following these tips: