Euro 2016

Third of NI drivers 'distracted' by sports commentary

Nearly one in 20 confessed to almost having an accident due to being distracted by sports on the radio while driving

EURO 2016 could cause a surge in erratic driving across Northern Ireland as more than a third of sport-loving motorists say they feel distracted by sports commentary.

In a survey 34 per cent said they have felt distracted while listening to sports commentary when driving, and 31 per cent admitted feeling angry.

By comparison just 22 per cent of motorists in England and 16 per cent in Wales felt distracted while listening to sports commentary on the radio.

And anger over sports commentary affected 14 per cent in England and 10 per cent in Wales, according to the Confused.com online poll of 2,000 drivers.

Northern Ireland motorists are also most likely to listen to Euro 2016 while driving at 58 per cent, compared to 53 per cent in England and 47 per cent in Wales.

Overall nearly one in 20 sports-mad drivers confessed to almost having an accident as a result of being distracted by sports on the radio.

Almost half admitted shouting at the radio when listening to sport behind the wheel, while a quarter punched the air and 19 per cent were singing or chanting.

And nearly one in 10 sports fans said the excitement caused by commentary forced them to pull over so they didn't crash.

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