Four deadly driving habits

2011-10-19 12:18

About 70% of drivers in South Africa admit that using a hand-held cellphone behind the wheel is their most common distracting behaviour.

Andrew Lilley, chief operating officer of an insurance company which conducted the survey, said the results were "distubing".


"People don't realise that using a cellphone reduces awareness and can double reaction time," he warned.

Respondents were asked to admit to which of four types of behaviour they were most prone while driving. After hand-held phone use - illegal in SA - 17% chose eating and drinking, seven percent using the rear-view mirror for "personal grooming" and six percent said "concentrating on a satnav".

Lilley said driver-distraction was six times more dangerous than driving after drinking alcohol.

"Greater awareness and responsible driving must be employed by everybody to reduce the road-accident rate," he averred - especially in a traffic jam or slow traffic.


He also called for stronger enforcement of traffic laws and care about following space

"Stricter, overt law enforcement will discourage drivers from distractive behaviour and reduce the likelihood of reckless driving," he said.

He also recommended that drivers avoid operating the audio system, groping for a dropped item, reading a map, tending to children and smoking.

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