A recent survey posed the question 'Have you held a mobile phone whilst driving in the last 30 days?'
One in ten men - 10.0% - admitted to using a mobile phone while driving but only 4.5% of women claimed the same. The survey's funders - a car leasing company - say 'this could show a worrying imbalance in men’s levels of complacency towards road safety when driving.'
They suggest that the problem is getting worse citing an observational survey by the Department for Transport in 2009 - five years ago - which showed that 1.4% of car drivers used a hand-held mobile device while driving.
They also refer to an RAC poll which supposedly showed that 12% of drivers didn’t know that texting whilst driving was illegal and that 21% of drivers didn’t know that using social media on a mobile whilst driving is illegal. You have to laugh. Who are the 9% who think that social media is OK but texting isn't!?
Is it really true that in any traffic jam, at least one bloke is probably on his mobile and a couple more on Facebook? No wonder they're working on the self-driving car.
- You can see the survey results here: New Study on Motorists’ Mobile Phone Usage While Driving Reveals Male and Young Drivers Didn’t Get the Message.