Dangerous distractions: Half of male drivers eye off attractive women

A survey done by Allianz car insurance has found that over half of male drivers confess that good-looking women steal their attention away from what is happening on the road while they are driving.

Stay safe: keep your eyes on the road, not on the lady.

The survey gives an insight into how easily distracted men are by the opposite sex when driving. Of the 1425 men and women who responded to the survey, 50.9% of men admitted they are distracted by a good-looking woman while driving. This staggering proportion of dangerously distracted men was in dramatic contrast to the 15.2% of women who confessed to taking a peek at handsome men.

It's an alarming fact but not one that would immediately spring to mind when considering all the things that can break a driver's concentration, such as mobile phones ringing, avoiding bus lanes and trying to drown out insufferable backseat drivers. To many people these would all seem to be probable causes for distraction, but the excuse of seeing a hot guy or girl almost seems comical.

Well, the survey suggests otherwise and instead shows that attractive people - for both male and female drivers - are in fact a cause of distraction for 34% of respondents.

Driver distractions: Graph of men distracted by women when driving, and women distracted by men while driving

A ring doesn't mean a thing?

When it comes down to it, men are just as likely to stare at the ladies whether they are single or taken. 54.2% of our surveyed bachelors agreed that women can steal their attention away from the road and a similarly high 49.5% of men in committed relationships made the same confession! On the flip side, girlfriends and wives are half as likely to be distracted by attractive men (12.5%) as their single friends (21.3%).

Graph on how gender and relationship status effect distraction levels

A better view from inside a luxury car

What happens when salary comes into the equation? Of the males that chose to disclose their annual incomes, 58.9% of men earning $100,000 or more are distracted by women whilst behind the wheel as compared to the 43.4% who earn less than $50,000 per annum. Why is that so? Perhaps everything looks clearer from a convertible with the top down. Or maybe it's the complete opposite and expensive vehicles with tinted windows make sneaky peeks easier.

Maybe it's just where you're from

The survey has found that Victorian men are more likely than males in NSW to be distracted by beautiful women. These figures are 57.4% and 46.1% respectively. Females who responded to the survey in Victoria and NSW are closer to one another on the scale and are a mere 2% points apart at 17.3% and 15.3%, respectively. Adding another dimension to interstate rivalry, these results beg us to ask the question: Is Victoria home to the most attractive women, or rather to the least focused drivers?

Graph of levels of male driver distraction in different states
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