‘Multi-task’ at wheel at your peril, mo­torists warned

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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