• Survey reveals a large percentage of motorists use their phone while driving
  • Using a mobile at the wheel in top 3 most dangerous driving practices
  • Male drivers far more likely to be caught texting and driving than women

With 93% of the UK adult population now owning a mobile phone , it’s hard to remember a world without them. And as our reliance on mobiles increases, not only are we using them to text and call, we’re using our phones to check email, look things up on the internet and place online orders.

However, a growing number of motorists are being seen to use their mobile phones while driving.

Our latest research reveals that almost half of the motorists we surveyed witness other drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel, at least once a day.

Digging a little deeper, we discovered:

  • 50% of drivers admit to reading a text message when on the road
  • 32% use their phones to check a map or satnav app as they’re driving
  • Some motorists even admit to ordering takeaways, online dating and online shopping

These statistics are surprising considering people believe texting or using a mobile phone while driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do behind the wheel, after drink-driving or driving under the influence of drugs.

The research also revealed that although both men and women were seen to be using their mobiles while behind the wheel, men are four times more likely to be caught and pulled over.

Over the past five years, roughly 80% of all motorists stopped for using a mobile phone while driving have been men, despite the ratio of drivers on British roads being 54:46 male-to-female as of 2010[1].

Currently, those caught using their mobile phones while driving could receive an automatic fixed penalty notice, three penalty points on their licence and a fine of £100, which of course could affect your car insurance.

 

[1] In 2010, 80% of qualifying males and 66% of qualifying females had a license, according to the Department for Transport. Measured against census data, this equals 19 million men and 16.3 million women, a ratio of 54:46.