Almost half of Brits talk behind the wheel

Almost half of Brits talk behind the wheelA survey of 841 drivers by Direct Line and road safety chaps, Brake, suggests that 48% of people continue to talk behind the wheel, despite the known dangers of trying to conduct a conversation while driving.

Of those 48%, two-thirds said they did so holding their mobiles, firmly throwing two fingers in the face of the law. I fought the law and I knocked down and killed someone. Well done.

Around a quarter of drivers admitted to talking on the phone while driving at least once a week, while a shocking 44% of youngsters admitted to texting.

Needless to say, us silly men are more likely to break the law than woman, with 50% and 47% respectively admitting to using phones while driving.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: “Use a phone while driving and you are taking a horrendous risk with your own life and the lives of others. Many drivers who wouldn’t dream of drink-driving are using phones while driving, oblivious that the effect on your reaction times can be similar.

“We’re urging people to drive smart, recognising that phone use at the wheel can and does destroy lives and that no call or text is ever that important.

“If you need to use your phone urgently, pull over somewhere safe first - it’s as simple as that.”

via: Daily Mail

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 16:42

I have zero tolerance for that, actually. Zero!
You numbnuts sit in a potential killing machine. A split second is all it takes.

Pondlife  Apr. 2, 2012 at 16:45

No great shock see people doing it every single day.
Still it's a survey and with pretty small number of people again.

grannygrove  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:08

i cannot believe the women who do this with children in car think you should be allowed to report them

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 18:55

i cannot believe the women who do this with children in car think you should be allowed to report them
Erm, you can...the Police are there for reasons other than the generally harass people.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2012 at 19:06

i cannot believe the women who do this with children in car think you should be allowed to report them
Yep, just earlier I saw a woman with 3 loose kids in the back - she had a phone to her ear, a fag somewhere inbetween, and she was reversing into a tine space... I banged onto the hood of her car as she was nudging me. She didn't even look.

eciujtnahpele123  Apr. 4, 2012 at 20:46

I use a hands free kit and is no more distracting than traliking to someone next to u. I hate people holding the phone to their head or holding a cigarette though.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 4, 2012 at 22:07

I use a hands free kit and is no more distracting than traliking to someone next to u. I hate people holding the phone to their head or holding a cigarette though.
Actually, in the nineties - BEFORE the phone madness - researchers in the UK found that merely listening to the radio increases your risk of causing an accident significantly... And the worst by far was chatting with someone next to you ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 4, 2012 at 22:13

Significant increase but was it to a significant level, that's the question really?

Pondlife  Apr. 4, 2012 at 23:36

I use a hands free kit and is no more distracting than traliking to someone next to u. I hate people holding the phone to their head or holding a cigarette though.

This wasn't largely about hands free use though. I've seen someone do both of those at same time though.

Still safer than what a guy in France was doing in a car behind our schools coach once though

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 4, 2012 at 23:39

Still safer than what a guy in France was doing in a car behind our schools coach once though
Which was :p?

Pondlife  Apr. 4, 2012 at 23:42

Erm merchant banking

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 4, 2012 at 23:46

Ahh...I've always wondered why the French can't drive, that explains a lot ;).

Pondlife  Apr. 4, 2012 at 23:50

Certainly explained why the girls at the back of the coach were in hysterics.

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