• Wednesday, November 29, 2023
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Young drivers face too many distractions – Survey


Despite renewed campaign by various traffic management authorities at reducing road crashes on the South African and Nigerian roads, survey has shown that, young South African and Nigerian drivers, especially, are far more likely than their European counterparts to be distracted by phone calls and internet use while behind the wheel.

For drivers of all ages and categorisation irrespective of age, driving requires 100 percent of concentration and attention and youngsters need to put phones and other distractions to one side when they get behind the wheel of a car.

But recently, a worrying statistic emerged among others as a critical area of concern in Goodyear’s third annual road safety survey. As part of a commitment to understand and address safety, the tyre maker probed the road behaviour of 6,400 drivers under the age of 25.

The survey covered 16 markets (South Africa plus 15 European countries) and was designed to get inside the brain of the young driver and provide some interesting insights into the online generation on the road.

The poll revealed how, despite the fact that it is illegal in most countries, youngsters phone, text and surf the web while they are driving. South Africans emerged among the top users of