Reading and writing messages – whether texting, emailing or using apps or social networks – while driving is even more distracting than talking on a phone, as it takes your mind, hands and eyes off the road. Texting drivers’ reaction times are 35% slower and they also have poor lane control. One large-scale study found texting drivers were 23 times more likely to crash than a driver paying full attention.
A recent survey by Brake, the road safety charity, revealed that around half of drivers aged between 25 and 34 are taking huge risks by texting, using apps or going online on their mobiles when they are behind the wheel.
- Almost half of drivers aged 25-34 use apps while driving (49%)
- More than half of 25-34 year olds read or write text messages while driving (55%)
- Drivers aged 18-35 are most likely to text or use apps behind the wheel
Reaching for a mobile phone can be an irresistible temptation for some, despite knowledge of the risks. In the UK, experts have warned of increasing levels of smartphone addiction by users who are unable to go without checking their phone for short periods.
Brake advises motorists to put mobile phones on silent and out of reach when driving to avoid any distraction.
The Good Garage Scheme supports the charity Brake and is grateful to share their advice in this week's blog. For more information about Brake, please visit www.brake.org.uk