'Two Thirds Of Brits' Still Text, Call and Take Selfies While Driving

It’s illegal for drivers to use a handheld phone.

01/09/2016 12:07

Nearly two thirds of Brits use their phones while driving, with texts and selfies ranking as the primary distractions, according to a new survey.

A study of 2,296 people found that 61% used their mobiles while driving, despite 63% feeling uneasy in a car driven by someone using their phone.

More than a third (36%) of drivers who confessed to using their phones said they did so to read and send texts, while 27% said they took selfies.

Other distractions included calls (22%), “taking videos of singing and dancing to the music” (17%) and photographing surroundings (15%).

The survey, which was conducted by Voucher Codes Pro, found that a third of selfie takers were responding to a photo they had received.

Nearly as many (31%) said they took the photo because it was “in the moment” and couldn’t have been taken later. 

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Earlier this year, Snapchat was criticised for introducing a filter which overlaid users’ speeds on to photos. 

A representative said at the time: “No Snap is more important than someone’s safety. We actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a ‘Do NOT Snap and Drive’ warning message in the app itself.”

It’s illegal to use a hand-held phone while driving in the UK, unless it’s an emergency call and it’s impractical or unsafe to stop.

Drivers aged between 18 and 24-years-old make up 8% of the population in Europe, but account for 15% of those killed in road accidents, which rises to 21% in summer.

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