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Shocking survey reveals young motorists regularly use their phones while driving

Monday 01 August 2016, By AutoVolo

Shocking survey reveals young motorists regularly use their phones while driving

Shocking survey reveals young motorists regularly use their phones while driving

Nearly half of motorists between the ages of 25 and 34 are regularly risking their lives and others’ by texting while driving, a recent survey has revealed.

Road safety charity Brake found that 42 per cent of drivers text at least once a week while in control of a vehicle, and that 55 per cent had read or written a text message in the past year while behind the wheel.

Alice Bailey, campaigns and communications adviser for Brake, said: “Younger drivers, especially those aged between 25 and 34, 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.

“If a phone has to be used as a sat-nav, it must be programmed before setting off on the journey and properly secured. There is no other acceptable way to use a phone while driving.”

The survey, which saw 1,000 drivers questioned, also revealed that 49 per cent of motorists aged 25-34 use apps or browse the web while driving, with nearly one third saying they did this several times a week.

Bailey added: “We’ve seen recent examples of drivers who have crashed while trying to play games like Pokemon 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.”

Studies have shown that drivers’ reactions are 35 per cent slower when they are texting, and that their lane control ability is also significantly impaired.