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UK motorists admit mobile phones are big distraction

News   •   Nov 28, 2016 11:37 GMT

UK divers fear mobile phone usage while driving has become worse in last three years.

A new IAM Roadsmart survey has revealed that 86% of UK motorists think distraction caused by mobile phones while driving has become much worse in the last three years.

The IAM Roadsmart’s Safety Culture Survey, first produced last year, researches the safety attitudes and behaviour of UK motorists.

The survey this year asked motorists to answer questions in comparison to how they felt three years ago in order to find out what potential driving problems were now facing motorists, and if they felt any threats to personal safety whilst driving. It also asked them about support for potential new regulations and many other aspects of motoring life.

The second worsening problem on the roads for motorists was congestion on the roads, with 81% of respondents feeling the effects of the increasing number of vehicles on the road.

Of the 2,000 UK drivers surveyed, nearly three quarters (72%) believed aggressive driving had worsened over the last three years, with more than 60% reporting the same for drug-driving, however majority believe that the use of mobile phones and technology are bigger threats than any other on the roads.

A total of 94% reported seeing drivers checking social media as a threat to their safety, 93% felt the same for drivers texting or emailing, and 91% said it was the case for drivers talking on mobile phones.

Almost all (97%) of those surveyed strongly supported a law outlawing reading, typing, or sending a text message or email while driving; with 86% strongly supported the regulation of in car technology to minimise the distraction to drivers.

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