What are your driv­ing habits?

Bray People - - MOTORING -

FOUR out of five Irish driv­ers ad­mit to us­ing elec­tronic de­vices or con­sult­ing maps while driv­ing com­pared to two thirds of driv­ers in the UK.

When it comes to send­ing text mes­sages while at the wheel, a quar­ter of Irish driv­ers ad­mit to this of­fence, ex­actly dou­ble the num­ber in the UK, at 13 per cent.

That’s ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­search com­mis­sioned by Aviva which looked at driv­ing habits across 13 coun­tries around the world.

The re­search, which was car­ried out by IPSOS Mori on be­half of Aviva, found that driv­ers in Ire­land com­pare badly with our neigh­bours in the UK with al­most half of Irish driv­ers ad­mit­ting to mak­ing phone calls be­hind the wheel with­out a hands-free kit, while in the UK, the equiv­a­lent num­ber was one in five.

The num­bers who re­port check­ing their so­cial me­dia while driv­ing in Ire­land is also more than dou­ble that of the UK (15 per cent v 7 per cent). In this re­spect, only Ital­ian driv­ers are worse than Irish driv­ers among our Euro­pean coun­ter­parts at 17 per cent.

Michael Ban­non, Un­der­writ­ing Man­ager with Aviva Mo­tor In­sur­ance, said it is shock­ing to find that so many driv­ers are tak­ing such risks, given all that we know about road safety. Just a split se­cond of dis­trac­tion or lapse in con­cen­tra­tion can re­sult in death on the road. Tech­nol­ogy has rev­o­lu­tionised our lives for the bet­ter in very many re­spects but when it comes to road safety its abil­ity to dis­tract can prove lethal.

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