posted 4 years ago

Shock: 40% Of Motorists Not Concentrating

Institute Of Advanced Motorists Survey Findings

Shock: the Institute of Advanced Motorists has claimed that forty percent of drivers fail to concentrate consistently. And it seems that youngsters are the most frequently distracted. As such, fifty percent of eighteen to twenty-three year old motorists have admitted “not concentrating” one-hundred percent of the time. This falls to forty-seven percent for those aged twenty-four to thirty-four. More experienced people, in contrast, are more likely to watch the road as only twenty-seven percent - of those aged sixty-five or over - fail to pay attention all the time. Furthermore, drivers in the capital are the most likely to be distracted (forty-seven percent). This is followed by: Yorkshire and Humberside (forty-six), South West (forty-six), Scotland (forty-six), East (forty-two), East Midlands (forty), North West (thirty-nine), South East (thirty-nine), West Midlands (thirty-seven), North East (thirty-four) and Wales (thirty-four). Common reasons for not concentrating - according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists survey - include day dreaming, stress, concentrating on arrival plans and considering friends and relationships.

Road Safety Expert Discusses Concentration

The Institute of Advanced Motorists Chief Executive, Simon Best, said: “Signs of not concentrating such as missed turnings or uncancelled indicator lights are commonplace.  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.” Mr Best added: “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.”

How To Maintain Concentration While Driving

Fortunately, there are steps a motorist can take to help concentration. The first is to prepare the vehicle before a journey starts. This – as far as possible – requires the motorist to pre-set any required functions such as the ventilation system, satellite navigation and stereo. The motorist can then watch the road rather than fiddle with the dashboard. It is also wise to occupy children with (say) games consoles or magazines and ensure that pets are properly secured. Children and pets are among the most common distractions, after all. The motorist might also benefit from minimising conversation with passengers of whatever age. Finally, while driving consistently think “what is the road saying”? This encourages the driver to concentrate on spotting hazards such as traffic joining from a side road, cyclists, learner drivers, pedestrians and dangerous weather, etc.