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One in five British parents use their phone while driving with children in the car

Monday 15 August 2016, By AutoVolo

One in five British parents use their phone while driving with children in the car

One in five British parents use their phone while driving with children in the car

More than one fifth of parents in the UK have admitted to using their mobile phone while driving when their children are in the car, according to a new survey.

OSV Ltd, a vehicle leasing company based in Worthing, West Sussex, found that 21 per cent of the 1,002 British motorists questioned admitted to using their phone while driving their children around.

The study also found a big difference between men and women’s use of their mobiles behind the wheel, with 28 per cent of fathers confessing, compared to 15 per cent of mothers.

OSV Ltd co-founder Debbie Kirkley said: “Parents are setting a terrible example to their children when they use their mobile phone while driving.

“Children are regularly told off for using technology at inappropriate times, or told not to use technology in certain situations. The best way to teach your children that it is dangerous to use a mobile phone when driving is to set a good example and not use your own mobile phone while you are behind the wheel.

“Taking your eyes off the road to read a text or make a quick call can be fatal and it is the duty of parents to behave responsibly.”

Despite the results of the survey, only 17 per cent of parents said mobile phones were the biggest distraction while driving, yet 60 per cent of parents deemed their children to be the most distracting thing they have to contend with.