Twitter & Facebook More Popular While Driving

According to research carried out by the RAC, 21% of drivers said that they would check their social media site if alerted whilst driving. In a survey of 1,150 British motoristsā€˜, the number of drivers admitting to receiving calls and texting whilst behind the wheel has tripled.

Telegraph.co.uk reported that motorists claimed they use applications such as email, Google Maps, music and photos, as well as social media sites like Facebook. With access to the internet becoming easier with the rise in devices such as smartphones, 39% of drivers admitted that they are often distracted by alerts from calls, texts or social media updates.

It was said that during an average journey of 23 minutes, a driver’s phone will either ring or bleep at least once. Shockingly over 53% of those surveyed admitted that they would take their eyes off of the road when their phone rang, while 45% said they would look to see who was texting them. Motorists’ most likely to be distracted were aged between 17 and 24, although 46% of drivers claimed that even when taking a call on the move it could not be classed as a distraction.

As we see media devices such as Apple’s iPad integrated into more manufacturers vehicles such as Bentley and Mercedes, it is highly likely that we will see a rise in these figures. As most of the population own a mobile phone give us your thoughts and opinions as to what you class as a distraction. Log onto Telegraph.co.uk to get the full rundown on the statistics found by the RAC’s survey.