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Young drivers 'particularly prone to distraction'

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Young drivers are more prone than most to being distracted when they take their used cars out on the road, according to new research from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

Its study has found 55 per cent of newly-qualified drivers admit to having their attention taken off the road by passengers, while 44 per cent admit to being distracted by the radio and 45 per cent said they were paying attention to scenery outside the car, the Press Association reports.

Head of Motoring at the ABI James Dalton said the present time of year is one where distractions come "thick and fast".

These include "driving in the dark and in difficult weather conditions such as in heavy rain or ice and often with friends or family in car", he noted.

Accidents caused by distractions can push up insurance costs and this may make life harder still for young female motorists, following a European ruling that bans insurers from offering lower premiums to them.

A poll by Co-operative Insurance has found 60 per cent of young people do not know about this ruling, while 40 per cent are not aware of how it will affect them.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801513264-ADNFCR

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