Thursday 23 January 2020

Drivers on song behind the wheel

Sixty per cent of young motorists burst into song while driving, a survey suggests
Sixty per cent of young motorists burst into song while driving, a survey suggests

Some drivers are reaching their destinations on a sing and a prayer, according to a survey.

As many as 60% of young motorists burst into song while driving and 5% of all drivers confess to praying while on the move, the AA/Populus poll found.

In Northern Ireland, the number who pray at the wheel is as high as 14%.

Overall, 29% of people sing while driving, with this figure going down to just 13% for the over-65s.

Based on responses from 21,408 drivers, the survey also showed that 89% listen to the radio or CDs while at the wheel, 39% make plans or have ideas, and 31% get annoyed at the traffic or with other drivers.

Road rage afflicts 47% of young drivers but only 20% of older ones.

The poll also found that 23% of drivers get lost in thought, 6% talk on the phone, 2% learn a foreign language and 2% meditate.

The highest numbers of car singers are in Scotland and the East Midlands, while road-ragers are most prominent in London and Northern Ireland.

The research also revealed that Scots are most likely to make plans or have ideas at the wheel.

AA president Edmund King said: "Bearing in mind the time we spend in our cars and in congestion, it is no surprise that drivers get up to other things behind the wheel. It can be a positive thing to be engaged as long as our extra-curricular activities, such as learning a language, singing or praying, don't interfere with driving."

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