Young driver using his phone whilst driving
More and more drivers are being caught using their mobile phones each week, a new study has found. The new campaign put forward by the police has been welcomed with open arms by Brake, the road safety charity. The study, by Brake and Direct Line, revealed that around 50% of young drivers between the age of 25 and 35 are risking the use of their devices whilst driving. They also found that 50% of those drivers had sent a text in the last year whilst driving.
The recent rise in people being caught behind the wheel with a mobile phone is due to the announcement made by the Public of Transport last year. The announcement stated that anyone caught using their device will now receive double the punishment, and has led to more checks on drivers to see if they are using their mobile phone whilst on the road.
Driving requires the attention of the driver at all times, and despite the act of using a mobile phone being illegal, 40% of drivers who took part in the survey admitted to driving whilst using their mobile phone to either text, check social media, or ring someone. On average, a driver using their device whilst on the road will cost them 35% less on their ability to react to immediate situations in front of them.
It’s thought, by some, that the increase in mobile phone usage by young drivers is down to the smartphone addiction epidemic, in which users will need to check their phones constantly in fear that they are missing out on something important. It’s important to note, for drivers who use their phone whilst driving on a regular basis, that the act of doing so is illegal, and can land them a hefty fine, or even a jail sentence.
In the study by Direct Line and Brake, found that 22% of Dash Cam footage shows that incidents could be caused by drivers on the phone, as alert times are drastically lower than they should be for an average driver.
Direct Line was founded in 1985 and is the first insurance company in the UK to use the telephone as the first line of communication with its customers. You can purchase car, home, travel and pet insurance through the company to this day. If you would like to know more about the Brake charity, you can take a look at their website, where you’ll find everything you need to know about fundraising and victim support. You can also find all the information you need on the survey created by the two company on the Brake website.