The drivers most likely to be distracted on the road
DO YOU fear serious injury on the road caused by distracted drivers?
Well, perhaps it's time to take a look in the mirror.
A new report has revealed that ageing baby boomers are the biggest threat to become distracted on the road as technology continues to meld with the driving experience.
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"While traditionally viewed as a younger driver issue, distracted driving among the older driver cohort is predicted to increase as future generations of older drivers drive more often, and for longer, and embrace technology in increasing numbers," the Distraction and Older Drivers report suggested.
Though the report found that older drivers ranked second (one task every 84 seconds) for drivers who engaged most frequently in secondary tasks, it also found they travelled further and were more likely to be distracted talking to a passenger.
And counting in loss of hearing, deteriorating eyesight and problems driving at night, the report indicates that older drivers are "at greater risk of crash involvement and crash-related trauma".
Meanwhile, injuries and deaths on the road have levelled out or decreased for other age groups.
"Older drivers elevated risk for serious injury and fatal crashes can largely be explained by older driver frailty, or their susceptibility to injury in a crash," the study found.
Distraction and Older Drivers was published in the Australian Road Safety Journal.