Online Socialising Becomes Latest Driving Distraction

Making telephone calls and texting while driving? That’s so 2005. The latest way drivers have found to distract themselves and put the rest of us in danger is by using their mobile phones to check in on Facebook and send tweets on Twitter.

More drivers than ever are making calls and texting as well as using Facebook and Twitter from their smartphones while they are driving, according to a new survey by Halfords.

The Halfords survey, which questioned 2050 people, found that the number of motorists using their mobile phones while driving is actually increasing, despite drivers who are caught facing an automatic penalty of three points on their licence and a £60 fine. Halfords’ survey results show that the number of drivers making and receiving calls while driving is up 29% on a year ago.

A whopping 60% of passengers say they have been in a car with a driver who was making or receiving a phone call and 41% of motorists questioned admit that they have made calls while driving – up from 31% last year.

The popularity of the latest touchscreen, internet-enabled smartphones is also creating a new hazard – accessing social network websites like Facebook and Twitter while driving. One in ten of those questioned admitted they had used their phone to access a social network website while driving – double last year’s finding of 5%.

Needless to say, if you are one of these people, you should consider getting a grip on your behaviour and only using your phone with a proper handsfree kit or when you are not driving. Remember that even using your phone while stationary at traffic lights is an offence – is reading a text message really worth 3 points on your licence?

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