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Warning over increased risk of distracted driving when lockdown eases

May 10, 2020

 

Warning over increased risk of distracted driving when lockdown eases

Fleet managers are being warned of the increased likelihood of distracted driving when drivers get behind the wheel again when the coronavirus pandemic lockdown eases. Research has shown distracted drivers have a tendency to swerve between lanes, brake inappropriately, choose inappropriate speeds and not react to hazards as early as those paying full attention.

A recent online seminar discussed people’s rely on digital communications during lockdown, and predicts some drivers are likely to find it hard to leave their devices alone once restrictions are eased and get behind the wheel again. People who haven’t been driving for weeks that rely on digital technology taking the place of most face-to-face contact. It was voiced, that this may become a new norm and that too many drivers will ignore the distraction risks of using their devices when they get back behind the wheel.

A road safety officer, added: “We tend to be over-optimistic about our level of driving skill, at the same time as telling ourselves that bad things happen to other people – and that can be a lethal combination. That’s why we are urging everyone – on every journey – to take personal responsibility for safety, banish distractions and focus solely on the task of driving.” 

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