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Cheap car insurance firm warns of insect distraction
A cheap car insurance company is warning motorists to beware of insects when driving, after it revealed that they were the second greatest distraction to drivers.
A survey of 1,000 motorists by online car insurer esure found that three quarters got distracted by flies, wasps and daddy long legs flying into the vehicle, with 20% of drivers flapping their hands about in an effort to remove the insect and 4% going so far as to stamp on the brakes.
The cheap car insurance firm's study revealed that wasps and hornets were the most hated insects, voted so by 52% and 14% respectively. Whilst female drivers said they disliked these insects because of the chance of an allergic reaction, men admitted that they feared the pain of a sting.
A spokesperson for esure said: "With an influx of insects expected to hit the UK, it's worrying that over three quarters of the population are so easily distracted by bugs when they're behind the wheel."
In an effort to reduce the danger posed to motorists by insect distraction, the motor insurer has invented a net to fit across car windows.
"We're always looking at ways to help drivers reduce the likelihood of having an accident and these car insect nets could help to make the roads safer," the spokesperson continued. "The three percent of drivers who never wind down their windows in fear of an insect flying in would be able to experience fresh air whilst driving for the very first time."
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