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Mike Stevens | May, 31 2011 | 0 Comments

A new study has shown that young males are more prone to distraction behind the wheel, their attention swinging from gadgets to the lips of their passenger.

According to national insurer AAMI, 12 percent of male drivers under 25 admit to 'making out' while behind the wheel.

“Driving a car safely requires your total concentration and 'making out' puts you and others in your car and on the roads around you at serious risk,” AAMI Corporate Affairs Manager, Reuben Aitchison, said.

According to the research, young men are twice as likely to have 'made out' while driving than young women and more than three times as likely as all 3714 drivers surveyed nationally.

Male drivers aged between 18 and 24 admitted to being frequently distracted by gadgets, including music players (47 percent), adjusting sat nav settings while driving (38 percent) and speaking on a mobile phone (29 percent)

Sending text messages (44 percent) and using the internet on a mobile device (18 percent) also figured in the results.

“The results of such distractions can be both frightening and final,” Mr Aitchison said.

“Analysis of acute trauma hospital admissions at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne shows that in 2009, young men were three times as likely as young women to be admitted for acute care for road traffic related trauma and injuries.”

Professor Russell Gruen, Director of the National Trauma Research Institude at the Alfred, said that around 1500 people die on Australian roads each year, with another 4000 serious injured.

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