4 in 10 drivers ‘do not concentrate’

drivers-dont-concentrateA significant proportion of drivers do not concentrate properly when behind the wheel, and are thereby placing both their own lives and those of other road users at risk.

That is the key finding of a new report by the (IAM) Institute of Advanced Motorists, which reveals that only 60 per cent of motorists focus at all times when behind the wheel, though this figures rises or falls depending on how old people are and where they are located.

While 73 per cent of over 65s say that they concentrate all the time when on the road, this falls to just 50 per cent for the least experienced drivers, aged under 24. Similarly, only 53 per cent of 24 to 34-year-olds focus all of the time.

The most common reason for a lack of concentration is daydreaming, with a quarter of survey residents admitting this, while other factors cited include stress (22 per cent), thinking about what people will be doing when they arrive (21 per cent) and thinking about family, friends and personal relationships (21 per cent).

A high proportion of motorists in Yorkshire, the south-west and Scotland are also guilty of failing to concentrate, with 46 per cent of drivers admitting they lose focus – a percentage that is far too high, according to IAM Chief Executive Simon Best.

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