Recent research conducted by a leading UK Insurer suggested that 40% of drivers have admitted that having a passenger in their vehicle is the main cause of them becoming distracted when driving.
Amazingly, 17% of drivers surveyed have said that due to the actions of their passengers, they have either suffered a road traffic accident or experienced a near miss.
The distraction for the driver usually comes from the back seat passengers. A commonly reported accident was where the driver was chatting to the rear seat passenger whilst looking in their rear view mirror, resulting in the driver colliding into the car in front.
In the battle of the sexes, men have confessed to being twice as likely as women to get distracted by a passenger, and admit to having suffered a bump whilst being distracted by their passenger.