High heels, coffee habits and distracting dogs to blame for 13m accidents on British roads
10:37 GMT, 23 November 2012
10:37 GMT, 23 November 2012
High heels, discarded coffee cups and free roaming dogs have been identified as three of the most dangerous things to have in a car.
The seemingly innocuous items have been responsible for more than 13 million crashes and near misses on Britain's roads, according to research released today by insurers providers More Th>n as part of Road Safety Week.
While men were responsible for the
greater number of accidents reported, women played their part by driving in high heels.
High risk: Driving in heels has led to numerous accidents by preventing female motorists from using their pedals properly
Putting fashion over function meant 44 per cent of female
motorists had been prevented from using the pedals correctly by their high heels – with those aged 25 to 34
accounting for most of the incidents reported.
Those keen for a caffeine kick while commuting can also create an accident waiting to happen if they leave empty coffee cups lying around their vehicle.
Twenty per cent of those surveyed admitted they had crashed or
had a near miss after a discarded coffee cup or empty drink bottle rolled under their brake pedal.
However, it’s not just footwear and
refreshments posing a threat from inside the car – man's best friend could also cause a catastrophe if not safely secured.
Coffee calamity: Discarded cups can cause accidents if they roll under the pedals
One in eight
motorists claimed to have had a scrape or near miss on the road due to
their dog roaming freely, clambering into the front seat or trying to
escape through the windows.
The incidents meant drivers took their eyes off the road for more than three seconds each time, according to the poll of 2,000 British motorists.
The survey found drivers will pick up an average bill of 261.47 for the damage caused from every crash.
Londoners were the most at risk of an incident closely followed by motorists in the
West Midlands and Wales.
Danger dog: Unsecured pooches can be a distraction to drivers
Janet Connor, managing director at More Th>n, said many accidents could be avoided if people cleaned their cars regularly, as one in 10 respondents admitted to driving inside a mountain of debris.
She said: 'The potential dangers and distractions outside of the car are well known but as the evidence suggests, those within the car are often forgotten.
'It's not always possible to control what happens on the road but it’s clear that motorists can go some way in making their driving safer by paying closer attention to the hazards in their vehicles.
'By keeping pedals clear of any obstacles, securing pets safely, and keeping cars clean, drivers can help limit incidents.'