The worst driving distraction has been revealed in a nationwide poll as adult passengers.
In a survey of more than 18,000 people, 38% said their attention was diverted by other people in the car.
The survey asked “Have you been distracted, had a near miss or a crash caused by any of the following whilst driving over the past 12 months?” and found the more traditional distractions still pose the biggest threat...
- Adult passengers – 18%
- Twiddling with the radio – 16%
- Children in the car – 14%
- Operating the sat nav – 13%
- Mobile phone conversation – 12%
- Eating a sandwich – 9%
- Drinking a coffee, water, etc – 7%
- Texting – 5%
- Emailing – 1%
- Checking social media – 1%
- Smoking – 1%
Overall, of the 6,867 respondents distracted, 548 had a near miss and 106 had a crash.
However, mobile phones, the only technology category in the ‘impairment or distraction’, showed a higher death rate compared to other in-car distractions.
The 17 deaths, set against a total of 548 casualties attributed to use of mobile phones, gives a fatality rate of 3%.
The average price of petrol now stands at 136.89p a litre following supermarket cuts.
But how much are you paying where you are? According to comments on ITV Meridian's Facebook page, the price varies across the region.
Morrisons, Littlehampton: 132.9p
Tesco, Gillingham: 135.9p
Esso, Maidstone: 131.9p
Sainsburys, Isle of Wight: 132.9p
ASDA, Canford Heath:133.7p
Petrol prices could fall by another 3p over the next two to three weeks, the Basingstoke-based AA said today.
The average price of petrol now stands at 136.89p a litre following supermarket cuts, already 3.02p lower than a month ago.
The AA said average petrol prices could fall to about 134p a litre soon with wholesale fuel prices falling.
Average diesel prices have fallen 4.62p to a current 141.76p a litre, AA president Edmund King said: "The last 12 months have shown pump price volatility is more acute than ever, driven largely by speculation."