7 out of 10 drivers admit driving dangerously
Following on from Friday’s blog entry about the dangers of hands-free mobile phone use, I came across an interesting article this evening by Faye Sunderland of contracthireandleasing.com.
“Seven out of ten drivers have driven dangerously because they were making phone calls, sending texts or fiddling with the radio – with some admitting to having actually caused an accident as a result, research by car insurance compant, Swiftcover reveals. Although mobile phones and in-car entertainment systems are big causes of dangerous driving, smoking, personal grooming and using a sat-nav system have all been cited as distractions – while 4 per cent of motorists admit they have driven while watching a movie!”
The following link just demonstrates the dangers of driving dangerously: Victim’s road safety warning
Swiftcover’s online research of more than 1,000 drivers revealed:
- 84 per cent of drivers have made or answered a call without a hands-free kit
- 69 per cent say they have actually caused, or come close to causing an accident while fiddling with the radio
- 63 per cent of drivers have typed and sent a text while driving
- 26 per cent have taken their hands off the wheel while driving to eat
- 16 per cent of drivers have been distracted by using a sat-nav system
- 15 per cent have been distracted whilst personal grooming at the wheel
- 15 per cent of drivers say lighting up and smoking a cigarette has distracted them while driving
- 13 per cent admit they have sent an e-mail while driving
- 11 per cent of drivers have been distracted by looking out for speed cameras
- 4 per cent of motorists say they have watched a film whilst driving
In addition 30 per cent of motorists say they have driven whilst using an MP3 player”.