Distracted drivers' car insurance higher

Friday, 22 July 2011

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Motorists need to stay alert behind the wheel to avoid being convicted of a driving offence, which could make it difficult to secure cheap car insurance.

Motor insurance costs could increase by around a quarter for motorists prosecuted for driving without due care and attention, according to moneysupermarket.com.

Changing radio stations, eating and drinking behind the wheel and taking a mobile phone call are the most common distractions, which become more dangerous on busier roads or during rush hour.

An average of eight in ten drivers have been distracted while behind the wheel, which according to the price comparison site's car insurance expert, Peter Harrison, underlines the seriousness of even a brief lapse.

He explained: "The UK's roads are becoming busier every year so taking your eyes off the road, even for a second to make a phone call or eat a quick snack, could lead to severe, or even fatal, consequences."

Failing to keep an eye on the speedometer could also cause problems on Britain's roads.

Research by Confused.com revealed that around 143 accidents a year are caused directly by motorists driving too slowly.

The survey revealed that half of UK drivers attempt unsafe manoeuvres to pass slow moving drivers.

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