Motorists driven to distraction by bugsInsect fear is causing crashes

24 August 2007

Insects bug motorists so much that 4% of drivers have had an accident trying to avoid them, it was revealed today.

The damage caused to vehicles in such crashes is estimated at £44 million a year, said car insurance company esure which conducted a survey.

The poll showed that 75% of motorists said rogue bugs drove them to distraction, while 21% admitted taking their hands off the wheel to swat an insect and 4% slammed on the brakes when an insect came into the car.

Wasps most feared

Wasps were the most feared in-car insect with hornets second.

Birmingham drivers were most distracted by insects while Londoners were the least alarmed.

Esure's risk and underwriting head Mike Pickard said: 'With an influx of insects expected to hit the UK, it's worrying that over three quarters of the driving population are so easily distracted by bugs when they're behind the wheel.

'Motorists are panicking and are not only losing their concentration but also control of their cars - putting themselves and other road users at risk.'

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