A dangerous proportion of drivers are risking their own lives and the lives of others by failing to concentrate adequately behind the wheel, a new study has shown.
According to the figures released by the Institute of Advanced Motorists, an alarming 40% of all motorists are not fully-focused on driving. The numbers get even more terrifying in the younger age brackets, as the same study showed that a full 50% drivers under the age of 24 do not give their full attention to the road ahead.
Interestingly, the older age bracket of drivers – those over 65 – was found to be the safest of all, with at least 73% stating that the road gets their full and total concentration.
As far drivers between the ages of 24 and 34, 47% are known to allow their attention and focus to wander for one reason or another.
Distractions vary considerably, but most motorists admitted the biggest cause of their attention drifting from the road is simple daydreaming. However, at least 22% admitted that stress is the cause of their less-than-perfect driving habits, 21% spoke of thinking too much about their destination and 21% stated that they get distracted by thinking about family, friends and their partners.