Confused.com Research Reveals Smart Phone Users Risk Lives When Driving
Released on: October 18, 2011, 2:30 pm
Confused.com has revealed that UK drivers prioritise their
social lives before saving lives on the road. Almost half 40% (38.95%)
of motorists check their phones whilst driving, with 27% admitting to
logging onto Facebook behind the wheel. The car insurance expert also
found that nearly half (45%) will not start their journey unless they
can see their phone; a lethal combination considering that drivers are
four times more likely to crash when using a mobile phone.
The increasing popularity of Facebook and Twitter means that the 'Twitch Factor'
is on the rise, with one fifth of motorists not being able to last more than 15
minutes without checking their phones. 15% of workaholic motorists take advantage of
time stuck in traffic to catch up on their work calls or emails, and over one fifth
(21%) update their status whilst caught behind a red light.
Surprisingly, although 75% of motorists are aware of the penalty for being on their
phone behind the wheel, 60% of them still answer their phone when they’re driving.
The ignorance of drivers suggests a harsher penalty should be introduced, withover
50% of motorists supporting this idea.
Adrian Walsh, Director of RoadSafe said: "It's a frightening thought that people
are checking their smartphones whilst driving. Many studies from across the world
prove that drivers using phones are slower to respond than those who are just over
the drink-drive limit. It is dangerous to use a phone – even hands free when
To encourage drivers to stop using their phones while on the road, Confused.com have
teamed up with the iPhone app 'DriveSafe.ly'.The app speaks email, SMS, Facebook
and Twitter messages aloud allowing drivers to concentrate on the road and stop
texting while driving.
Gareth Kloet, Head of Car Insurance at Confused.com said: "Our research shows that
although people are aware of the consequences involved, they struggle to tear
themselves away from their mobile phones and social media. Using these devices
while driving is incredible dangerous and app’s such as DriveSafe.ly which are
designed to protect drivers should be welcomed."
For a free download of 'DriveSafe.ly', customers can visit the Confused.com
driving apps page.
Confused.com is one of the UK's biggest and most popular price comparison services.
Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded
its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home
insurance, travel insurance, pet
insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance, breakdown cover and energy, as well
as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life
Confused.com is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free,
objective and unbiased comparison service.
By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based
solutions that evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their
decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance
products, financial services, utilities and more. Confused.com's service is based
on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators.
Confused.com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock
Exchange in September 2004. Confused.com is regulated by the FSA.
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