One in Three UAE Drivers is Distracted While on the Road




Global insurance company Zurich and have issued the results of a survey concentrating on the behaviour of UAE drivers whilst on the road and to say the least, we are heavily distracted in the car.

Over 30% of the 1,007 drivers questioned in the survey admit that their concentration levels decline due to distractions inside the car and on the road. Shockingly, almost half of young drivers aged 18-24 admitted that their attention is not always focused on driving.

What’s even more interesting, is that nearly half of the survey participants were aware of the fact that distractions can lead to accidents.

“Becoming distracted while driving is a leading cause of accidents on the UAE roads. 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,” explains Brian Reilly, CEO of Zurich Insurance Middle East.

The top distractions mentioned in the survey include the behaviour of other drivers, changing radio stations, adjusting the air condition, passengers speaking to the driver, as well as poorly behaved children and the complex roads systems we do face ever so often in Dubai and beyond. And although it is illegal, 30% of the participants admitted that using their mobile phone was a major cause for attention loss.

Despite it being illegal in the UAE, nearly a third (30 per cent) of motorists admit to using their phones and reading texts while driving. Speaking with passengers (44 per cent), changing the radio station (40 per cent), and adjusting the air conditioning (34 per cent) are other major reasons for loss of concentration. The UAE’s skyline also accounted for eight per cent of the respondents to become distracted while driving


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