55 per cent of motorists between 25 and 34 use devices at the wheel

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31st August 2016 11:31 - Automotive

50 per cent of motorists between 25 and 34 use devices at the wheel: A recent survey, conducted by the road safety charity, Brake, in partnership with Direct Line, has revealed that 55 per cent of drivers between the ages of 25 and 34 has read or sent a text message on their mobile phone whilst driving, in the last 12 months.55 per cent of motorists between 25 and 34 use devices at the wheel

As well as this, 42 per cent said that they either send or read text messages behind the wheel at least once a week, despite it being illegal to use a handheld device whilst driving.

A further 49 per cent of the 25 to 34 year olds said that they sometimes browse the internet or use apps (excluding satellite navigation apps) whilst driving, with another 1 in 3 admitting to doing so several times per week.

Of the respondents aged between 18 and 24, one in five said that they regularly text or instant message whilst driving.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, research has revealed that motorists who split their attention between the road and their phone heighten their chances of causing a car crash. As well as this, it was discovered that reading and/or composing messages behind the wheel is more distracting than talking on the phone, as it takes your mind and eyes off the road, as well as your hands.

According to statistics, when texting, a drivers’ reaction times are 35 per cent slower and they have poor lane control. As well as this, they are 23 times more likely to crash their vehicle than motorists paying full attention to the road.

One study of video footage from inside vehicles estimated that 22 per cent of collisions could have been caused by a distracted driver. It also indicated that motorists who perform a secondary task behind the wheel are two to three times more likely to crash.

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