Two-fifths of drivers ‘can’t keep minds on the road’
IF YOU are someone who has driven from A to B and realised, on arrival, that your mind has been elsewhere throughout the entire journey, then you are one of the 40 per cent of motorists who admits to losing concentration while driving.
Apparently, just 60 per cent of us keep our minds on the job in hand while behind the wheel.
The good news is that older drivers are much less likely to lose concentration en route. Seventy-three per cent of over 65-year-olds said they fully concentrate on the road. Twenty-six per cent said they concentrate most of the time.
The bad news is that 50 per cent of younger drivers aged 18 to 24 admit to not concentrating on driving 100 per cent of the time. Not far behind, are 47 per cent of 24 to 34-year-olds.
Nearly a quarter of drivers (24 per cent) say that daydreaming is the most common reason for not concentrating. Other reasons include stress (22 per cent), thinking about what you will be doing on arrival (21 per cent) and thinking about family, friends and relationships (21 per cent).
THE amount of ‘road works’ signs are like to increase over the coming year now that the Government has promised an increased investment of £24bn to be spent on upgrading and improving the road network. By the end of the next parliament, the Government says it will be spending £3bn every year on improvements and maintenance for the strategic network alone. This lockedin funding commitment will have the added bonus of supporting nearly 30,000 new jobs across the construction sector, says the Department for Transport.