Statistics just released have confirmed what many people have suspected for a long time. Men cause more road traffic accidents in summer due to being distracted by women in skimpy hot weather clothing. This rise in accidents would be coupled too with a rise in compensation claims you would imagine.
A British car insurance company says that 29 per cent of men admitted being distracted by short skirts and low-cut tops in the Summer weather, leading to record numbers of accidents on the roads.
And according to car insurance company Sheilas’ Wheels, the summer smash phenomenon is getting worse each year – in 2009 men made 16.4 per cent 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 17 per cent 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 and the job in hand.”
“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 spokesperson for Sheilas’ Wheels car insurance said: “In the summer 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,” he added.
“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.” [via Daily Telegraph (UK)]