The road safety charity, Brake, along with Direct Line have published a new UK survey which revealed that drivers between the ages of 25 – 34 are taking risks on their lives as well as others by using their phone while driving.
The survey found that 55% of 25 – 34 year olds who participated admitted that they had either sent or read messages on their mobile phones while driving within the last year. 42% confessed that they send or read messages at least once a week and one in five young drivers (aged 18 – 24) revealed that they regularly use their phone for messaging while they are driving.
Writing or reading messages while you are behind the wheel is even more distracting than talking on the phone as it takes your mind, hands and eyes off of the road. Research by Brake has evidenced that those drivers who text have an alarming 35% slower reaction time. They are also around 23 times more likely to crash than a driver who is giving their full attention to the road.
Green Motion car rental in the UK, and worldwide, would like to remind drivers that using your phone while driving is illegal and can have detrimental effects – not only putting your own life in danger but also the life of your passengers and other drivers on the road.