Passengers deemed big distraction to drivers

October 13, 2014 | By | In News

With government attention turning to reducing the number of distractions for drivers on the road – from mobile phones to complicated entertainment systems – passengers are the latest in-car disturbance to come under fire; this time in a survey of drivers.

The study carried out by Admiral car insurance discovered that back-seat-driving was the biggest cause of arguments between drivers and passengers, with more than a third of motorists claiming that passengers criticising their skills behind the wheel was their biggest bugbear.

In fact, 15 per cent of motorists have become so riled by a passenger while driving, that they’ve stopped the car (or at least we hope) and thrown them out.

It is important to remember that the motorist is "in control" and that anything which takes their attention off the immediate task might be fatal.

Other irritations include passengers shouting at other people on the roads, which accounted for a further 10 per cent of drivers’ main frustrations, while another nine per cent of motorists said that front seat occupants putting their feet on the dashboard was their key annoyance.

A spokesperson from Admiral highlighted: “It is important to remember that the motorist is "in control" and that anything which takes their attention off the immediate task might be fatal.”

This spokesperson continued to say that three quarters of drivers stated that they felt more nervous when they had others in the car with them, with nearly half of respondents preferring to be on their own while driving. Only a quarter claimed that they would rather have company on the road.

Would you rather drive by yourself or with others in the car? Let us know what annoys you behind the wheel below and whether you’ve ever resorted to throwing a passenger out of the car.

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