Young drivers still using mobile phones while driving

Study finds mobile use among young driver’s common

Young drivers still using mobile phones while driving

A UK study has found younger drivers are the most likely to use their mobile phone to text, use apps or go online while they drive.

The study was commissioned by road safety charity, Brake, and insurance company, Direct Line, and found:

  • 55% of 25-34-year-old drivers admitted they had sent or read a text message on their mobile, while behind the wheel of their car, in the last year.
  • 42% revealed they send or read messages at least once a week.
  • 20% of young drivers (18-24) confirmed they regularly text and/or instant message when they are behind the wheel.
  • 49% aged 25-34 admitted they sometimes go online or use apps (other than sat-nav apps) while driving.
  • Almost a third of drivers in that age group said they do that several times a week at least.

Alice Bailey from Brake says the results are disappointing.

“Younger drivers simply aren’t getting the message about the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving.

“Doing any other complex task while driving hugely increases your chance of crashing.

“We’ve seen recent examples of drivers who have crashed while trying to play games like Pokémon Go or posting Snapchat images while behind the wheel.

“These drivers are putting their own and other people’s lives in grave danger by taking this risk.”

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