Sport is dangerous for car insurance

Monday, 05 July 2010

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World Cup fever may be over for England, but listening to sport on the car radio could still raise the chance of drivers having an accident and making a motor insurance claim, according to research.

Scientists at the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) have found that reaction times can be slowed down by as much as 20 per cent if they are distracted by listening to a game, adding a six metre stopping distance to a car travelling at 70mph.

This is ten per cent further than the stopping distance added when someone is driving with a blood alcohol level at the UK legal limit of 80mg/ml, the report found, posing a significant risk to car insurance premiums.

TRL spokesman Dr Nick Reed said: "At particularly tense times, such as a penalty shootout, it may be safer to find a safe place to park and enjoy the action without risking an accident."

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