Pet distraction a risk for elderly motorists

The distraction of mobile phone use in cars is well-documented as a crash risk factor, conferring a fourfold increased risk, according to research.

Now researchers have examined sharing the car with a pet as a risk for people aged older than 70.

They found those who always drove with their pets had double the risk of a crash compared to those never driving with their pets.

Nearly as many pets rode in the front passenger seat as those in the back, with other spots including ‘in driver’s lap’ and on the