Drivers rank texting as the biggest distraction, survey finds

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8th December 2014 10:46 - Automotive

Some of the biggest distractions, ranked by New Zealand motorists are: texting, reading and eyeing-up good looking pedestrians.

The survey, which was conducted by The Drivers Index, found that the 84% of those surveyed found texting and reading to be major distractions.

Despite this, approximately 20% of the total respondents continue to text-and-drive and almost half of the respondents aged 18 to 24 do also.

Superintendent Carey Griffiths, National Manager of Road Policing claimed that in the time between 2010 and 2012, a driver not paying full attention to the road was the reason behind 11% of crashes which lead to fatality, and 10% of serious crashes.

"That represents 99 people killed and almost 5000 people injured over the three-year period" said Griffiths.

Griffiths also claimed he was disappointed that irrespective of laws against mobile phones usage whilst driving, some motorists are still continuing to do so and consequently putting peoples’ lives at risk.

The survey also found that even hands free mobile devices were a distraction to a proportion of those who responded.

The findings also revealed that pedestrians were a distraction to over 20 per cent of the drivers polled. Of the male respondents, a quarter claimed that an attractive pedestrian would be a distraction to them. However, just 11% of women felt the same.

Top 10 biggest distractions

1. Texting on a mobile phone and reading a newspaper or magazine.

2. Applying makeup, shaving or other personal grooming.

3. Talking on a mobile phone without a hands-free kit.

4. Changing the radio/iPod/MP3 player.

5. Eating while driving.

6. Children in the car.

7. Talking on a mobile phone with a hands-free kit and using GPS or other navigation systems.

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