Drivers admit to being distracted by their children as thousands risk fines and points

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Drivers could risk penalties if they miss “traffic signs” or “traffic lights” if they do not give the road their full attention, according to experts at Admiral. The warning comes after new analysis from the new group revealed almost 15 percent of road users admit to having suffered a major car crash after being distracted by young children.

Clare Egan, head of motor product at Admiral told “When you’re behind the wheel, the road should have your full attention.
“If you’re distracted – whether that be by your kids or anything else – you run the risk of missing traffic signs such as speed limits, speed cameras and even traffic-lights.
“Not only does this make it dangerous for you and your passengers and other road users, but it could also result in a fine or getting points on your licence.”
A new survey by Admiral found 14 percent of parents have experienced a major accident after being distracted by their children. 

This figure rose to 20 percent of parents who had children under the age of eight in the car at the time of the accident.
Almost one in five drivers say they have had a near miss while being distracted by children while trying to drive.
Analysis by Admiral revealed frequent claims made by parents with younger children included collisions in car parks and hitting parked vehicles.
Hitting an open car door or striking a bollard or post were also found to be popular incidents.

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When asked about specific distractions, 50 percent of parents said this was because their child felt sick while travelling.
A total of 48 percent of parents said they were distracted by their children crying while 48 percent also revealed fighting had made them lose concentration on the road ahead.
Simple distractions such as children dropping a toy and asking a parent to pick it up, needing the toilet and kids spilling something all distracted 40 percent of drivers. 
The survey found that 22 percent admit to dreading or feeling nervous about a road trip with their children.

Some parents dislike driving with their children so much that one in ten said that a tipsy partner would be a more appealing passenger.
Clare Egan says distractions could become an issue for drivers over the summer months as many go off for staycation holidays.

She urged motorists to ensure they are prepared for a trip which will help to “take the stress out of the journey” and help drives to concentrate more on the road.
She said: “Many families will be opting for staycations and road-trips this summer after spending a lot of time at home with kids during lockdown.

“But driving with young children in the car can be a challenge at times, whether they’re crying, arguing, dropping toys or requesting snacks and as this investigation shows, this can result in accidents.

“Worryingly, 14 percent of parents told us they’ve had a major accident whilst distracted by their children, and many have had minor accidents.

“Nobody wants to put their children or other road users at risk.

“Being prepared for a journey certainly helps take the stress out of the journey, and whether it’s a game, their favourite playlist or an electronic tablet, minimising distractions means you can concentrate better on the road, keeping you, your family and other drivers safe.”

Analysis by Admiral found 39 percent of parents revealed talking to children helped to calm them down on a journey.

A total of 33 percent of drivers said turning on the radio or listening to music had helped while 27 percent gave them a portable tablet or something to watch to settle them during a trip. 

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