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Bored UK Drivers Lose Contentration Behind Wheel

Bored UK Drivers Lose Contentration Behind WheelIn a poll of 1,000 UK drivers, Allianz Your Cover Insurance found that 76% of drivers are bored, causing 55% to lose concentration behind the wheel of their car with drivers finding the M25 being the most boring road (18%), followed by the M1 (15) and the M6 (12%).  Jon Lott of Allianz Your Cover Insurance said: “The Secret Lives of Cars campaign aims to discover what motorists do and don’t enjoy about their journeys across the UK. We’ve found it interesting to see how different roads across the UK affect motorists”.  The dullest aspects of driving on roads in the UK were revealed to be traffic jams (69%), other drives (34%) poor road repair (26%) and speed cameras (23%).

Geographic findings

Drivers in Worcester (34%) ranked the city’s roads as the most boring in Britain, followed by Chelmsford (23%) and Plymouth (23%).  Swansea motorists report that there are always traffic jams on the roads (36%), drivers in Wrexham complain about caravans (50%) and Edinburgh has poor signage problems according to 21% of the drivers polled.

Age differences revealed

Motorists over the age of 55 were three times more likely to be sent potty by potholes (43%) than drivers aged 18-24 (14%).  Drivers aged 18-24 were twice as likely (13%) to design a road to drive on with no police than drivers aged over 55 (6%). One in ten male drivers wanted to see higher speed limits when designing a road to drive on, which equates to two million2 motorists.

Relieving the boredom

To combat boredom in their own cars, driver favourites are listening (61%) and singing along (38%) to music and eating snacks (16%). When asked which British motoring celebrity would drivers most like to take for a spin Top Gear presenters came out on top with one in five men (19%) opting for Jeremy Clarkson as their perfect passenger while women preferred Richard Hammond (17%).

When asked how they would design roads to banish their boredom, motorists revealed that “No traffic jams” would feature highly (48%) followed by good road surfaces (45%) then good scenery (39%).  10% of UK male drivers polled chose for there to be no speed limit when asked how they would design a road to drive on.   One in ten men wanted higher speed limits when designing a road to drive on.

Concentrate and drive safely

Jon Lott continues, “This research has highlighted that feeling bored behind the wheel can affect the concentration levels of drivers and so we would advise motorists to plan regular breaks and maybe open up the window to get some fresh air in the car to stay alert. Snacking whilst driving can divert attention from the road, so to keep safe we would always recommend stopping for short refreshment breaks.”

About Allianz

Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, one of the leading integrated financial services providers worldwide and the largest property and casualty insurer in the world.  With approximately 142,000 employees worldwide, the Allianz Group serves approximately 78 million customers in more than 70 countries.

The mission of Allianz Insurance is to be the outstanding competitor in our chosen markets by delivering products and services that out clients recommend, being a great company to work for and achieving the best combination of profit and growth.

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