According to a study published by the NRMA today, male drivers are marginally more likely to be distracted whilst driving than women.
NRMA questioned 1350 motorists and found that eight per cent of men admitted to crashing because of distractions, which ranged from reading a newspaper, adjusting the car stereo, listening to music, drinking a cold drink, eating, kissing or even chasing insects.
Only five per cent of women admitted to the same thing. Of course, the results have to be taken with a grain of salt, simply because admission doesn’t account for truthfulness.
As for SMSing?
“While virtually all people surveyed (96 per cent) acknowledged that texting while driving was the most dangerous behaviour, one in five drivers admitted to doing it.” NRMA director Coral Taylor said.
Additionally, 30 per cent of men, in comparison to only 20 per cent of women, admitted to near misses resulting from taking their eyes off the road.
“Motorists clearly understand which behaviours were dangerous, but 75 per cent admit taking their eyes off the road to do something other than driving,” Taylor said.
One of the important figures that the NRMA appears to have left out is the duration of the distractions. There is no denying that any distraction while driving can be deadly, but longer, more brain intensive distractions (such as applying make up or reading the news paper) are more likely to cause accidents.