Driving while an argument is going on is very dangerous, as the attention span of an altered driver decreases up to 26%, the same as if you had more than 0.5 grams of alcohol in your blood.

The lack of control of emotions behind the wheel could be one of the main causes of traffic accidents, according to the conclusions of a recent study -'Zen Driving'- carried out by Prevensis with the sponsorship of the Spanish Union of Insurance and Reinsurance Entities. (Unespa). The study data reveal that emotional control of 72% of drivers is low, and that up to 17% of drivers drive without any emotional control, which increases the chances of committing infractions and suffer an accident.

The most positive profile and with a lower tendency to suffer distractions and accidents would be a married man with an age between 37 and 50 years

The authors of the study have evaluated the factors that most influence the distractions, and have determined that talking on the phone can increase the risk of having an accident up to 41%, while a dispute with another driver increases 37% accident possibilities and discuss with the co-pilot 26%.

The report also establishes different profiles of drivers more or less prone to suffer an accident according to their personal characteristics. Thus, the most impulsive, and most dangerous to themselves and others, are young men under 25 years old, although any bachelor under 32 has a negative profile, according to the study data.

The most positive profile and with a lower tendency to suffer distractions and accidents would be that of a married man with an age between 37 and 50 years, although the greatest emotional control is reached after 55 years of age. The study reveals that people who are married or with a stable partner have greater security at the wheel. Considering sex, the data obtained indicate that women have a higher negative profile, because their attitude towards driving is also negative -in 33% of cases-, due to lack of security or fear.

The recommendations of the study focus on adopting guidelines that have been proven to help people to make their driving safer. These are different techniques that vary depending on the personality of the driver and that aim to avoid distractions and make the person comfortable at the wheel. For example, turn off the phone and breathe slowly, are some of the tips that will help us focus on driving.

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