Skimpy summer outfits distracting male drivers
Published 04/08/2010 | 05:00
WE'VE heard it all now. New statistics claim that the early summer heatwave was behind an increase in road accidents.
Because male drivers were distracted by women's skimpy outfits.
According to insurance claim figures, 29pc of men admitted being distracted by short skirts and low-cut tops in the hot weather.
And, according to car-insurance company Sheilas' Wheels, the summer smash phenomenon is getting worse each year -- in 2009, men made 16.4pc more claims during the summer than in any other month.
The insurance company also found that a quarter of male drivers have had at least one summertime crash, or very near miss, in the last five years compared to just 17pc of women.
Behavioural psychologist Donna Dawson explained: "Research shows that men are far more easily distracted behind the wheel than women. Men are more visually orientated and so distractions such as an attractive woman walking down the street can quickly take their attention away from driving.
"Testosterone also plays a part, as it makes men more prone to aggression, especially when frustrated by a confined space such as a car -- and men are quicker than women to expose such irritability in hot weather."
A spokeswoman for Sheilas' Wheels car insurance said: "Men are significantly more likely than women to claim during the summer months -- often as a result of wandering eyes.
"We urge all motorists to keep their eyes on the road -- regardless of outside distractions -- and keep cool behind the wheel.
"A car is a dangerous weapon in the hands of a distracted driver and a momentary lapse can lead to a lifetime of regret, if a serious accident occurs."
You could not make it up.