Two-fifths of driv­ers ‘can’t keep minds on the road’

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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