One in five still using their mobile phones at the wheel

One in five still using their mobile phones at the wheel
One in five still using their mobile phones at the wheel

 

84.30 % admit to finding mobile phone use at the wheel annoying – yet 19.10% admit to doing just that.

A fifth of Brits admit to breaking the law and using their mobiles phones behind the wheel of a car, according to a recent poll of 2,005 UK-based adults.

Using your phone while driving was highlighted by 84.3 per cent of survey participants as one of the country’s most frustrating tech habits. Of those surveyed however, 19.10 per cent admitted that they still use the phone at the wheel, an offence which has carried a penalty of six points and a £200 fine since March this year.

Using a mobile phone at the wheel in the UK has been illegal since 2003 and the penalty introduced this year represented a doubling of the old £100 fine and three penalty point sanction.

Serious consequences 

A 2016 report by the RAC indicated that almost a third (31 per cent) of drivers admitted to using their mobile while driving, meaning these latest figures would represent an improvement on previous years – however a stubborn element are still ignoring the potential consequences of their actions.

The National Police Chiefs Council reported in 2014 that the use of a mobile phone was a factor in 21 fatal accidents and 84 serious accidents. Use of a mobile phone up to 10 minutes before a crash was associated with a fourfold increased likelihood of crashing.

A gender division was apparent in the latest study, which was conducted on behalf of insurance providers Protect Your Bubble, with slightly more men (21.6 per cent) admitting to using their phone while driving compared to 18.2 per cent of women.

James Brown, Director at Protect Your Bubble, said: “It’s not surprising to see mobile phone use while driving topping the list of bad tech habits given how dangerous it is. What is shocking, however, is just how many Brits admit to using their phone at the wheel.

“We all know that gadgets can prove to be a distraction in the car, so it’s worrying to see that such a significant number still choose to use their phones while driving.”

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