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Back seat drivers proved to cause road traffic accidents

Recent figures have revealed that a number of drivers have suffered road traffic accidents caused by back seat distractions.

According to a survey carried out by an insurance company, 66% of motorists have been victims of unwelcome attention from back seat drivers. This type of distraction has led to car accidents for almost a quarter of drivers.

A fifth of those affected have been forced to pay out up to £500 in repair costs over the past year.

The survey indicated that more than two in three women and 70% of drivers aged over 55 have been involved in a collision due to back seat drivers.

It has also been revealed that the worst offenders are bus drivers, train drivers and deliverymen, while teachers have been named as the most patient of passengers.

Most drivers commented that they prefer to drive with work colleagues rather than parents or partners who tend to be disruptive back seat passengers.

The research highlights that having passengers in the car can distract drivers from the road and lead to road traffic accidents, which in turn have an effect on car insurance policies and can result in personal injury compensation claims being made.



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