‘Multi-task’ at wheel at your peril, motorists warned
CHILDREN in the car are the number one distraction for drivers, closely followed by changing radio stations and back seat drivers, according to a new survey.
More worryingly, the constant perceived need to “multi-task” requires 24 per cent of motorists to use their mobile phones while on the move, with texting and social media updates a distraction for ten per cent of drivers.
Institute of Advanced Motorists chief executive Simon Best said: “People who think they can multi-task while driving are kidding themselves. If you take your eyes off the road for just two seconds at 30 miles per hour, you’ll travel close to 90 feet, effectively blind.
“The key to reducing distractions and their impact is to look upon your driving as a skill that needs continuous evaluation and improvement.”
The dangers of buying write-offs is clearly causing concern in some quarters with yet another programme warning consumers of the risks. This time it was Radio 5 Live which investigated the problem.
It is estimated that there could be as many as quarter of a million vehicles being dangerously repaired and sold on to unsuspecting consumers.
The programme highlighted a number of cases where previously written-off vehicles had been involved in a crash.
Experts warn buyers not to be taken in by shiny paintwork and bargain prices. Getting an official check on a vehicle is now very straightforward. It will cost a few pounds but is worth it in the long run.
When checking the car’s insurance status look too for outstanding finance as that cost could well be transferred to you as the new owner.