Losing track: More than third of UAE drivers get distracted

Thirty per cent of participants admitted to checking and using their phones while operating a vehicle, although illegal in the UAE. (Shutterstock)

More than one third of drivers in the United Arab Emirates have admitted that their concentration plummets once they are on the road, a study released today by global insurer Zurich and RoadSafetyUAE.com said.

In a survey of 1,007 UAE drivers, almost half said they believe that there is a “clear link” between loss of concentration and car accidents, according to statement released by the operators of the study.

Forty-three per cent of those aged 18-24 “feel that their attention is not always directed on driving.”

At 59 per cent, more than half of participants cited the behaviour of other drivers to be as the biggest distraction on UAE roads.

“The one in three drivers who fail to focus their full attention on the road are at risk of injuring themselves, their passengers and other motorists,” Brian Reilly, CEO of Zurich Insurance Middle East, said.

“People are limited in the amount of information they can process at any one time so the prevalent use of mobile phones by drivers, which requires eyes to be taken off the road and hands to be removed from the wheel, is troubling,” he added.

However, drivers’ own behaviour can also take a toll on their focus with 30 per cent of participants admitting to checking and using their phones while operating a vehicle, although illegal in the UAE.

Forty-four per cent cited speaking with passengers to be a distraction, while 40 per said changing the radio station is another major reason behind loss of concentration.

Eight per cent blamed “the stunning skyline of the UAE” as an unexpected distraction.


 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43
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