Our latest survey of 1,000 young drivers found that over half of young people admit to using their phone while driving, and most are using it to read text message or use apps.
The below infographic shows the top 10 worst offending apps from the survey results. The infographic forms part of #DontDriveDistracted, our campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of driving distracted.
Interestingly, respondents were more likely to use their phone in traffic, even though this is still punishable with a fine and points on your licence.
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ingenie distraction survey finds most young drivers regularly text and use smartphone apps while driving
A new survey conducted for young driver insurance firm ingenie found that over half of young people admit to using their phone handset while driving – and most are reading text messages or using apps.
The findings come as Road Safety Week begins and the black box insurance brand, which is fast becoming the go-to choice for young drivers, is campaigning to raise awareness about the dangers of being distracted behind the wheel.
OnePoll surveyed 1,000 young drivers on behalf of ingenie. The survey found that, while 89 percent of young people get annoyed when they see someone else using the phone behind the wheel, 50 percent admit to using their own phone to read text messages while driving and 37 percent admitted to sending text messages when behind the wheel.
Meanwhile, nearly 75 percent admitted they often or occasionally use the Maps app on their smartphone to get directions while driving, as a substitute for a sat-nav.
And it’s not just navigation. Significant numbers of young drivers admitted to using mobile apps while on the move, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter.
Around 25 percent of those surveyed admitted to using music ID app Shazam to identify songs on the radio. And 17 percent even admitted to occasionally playing Angry Birds while driving
By contrast, far fewer young drivers admit to taking calls without a hands-free system, with only 16 percent of young people saying they often or always make calls in this way.
Aside from smartphones causing distractions while driving, three-quarters of young drivers said they often felt distracted when they had a car full of passengers.
Richard King, founder and CEO of ingenie, has reacted to the findings: “The results of our survey are shocking. The research suggests that, while most young people now accept they shouldn’t take calls while driving, there’s still work to be done to encourage them to think in the same way about texting and apps. There is a need to better inform young drivers about the risks and that’s why today we’re launching our #DontDriveDistracted campaign. Our message is simple – take away the temptation by keeping your phone on silent and put it away out of sight.”
Quentin Willson, motoring expert says: “These figures serve to underscore the simple fact that more must be done to educate inexperienced young drivers about the dangers of being complacent on the road. Being distracted behind the wheel, even for just a split second by a text message, can have life-changing or even fatal consequences. I for one would like to see the government doing more to teach our children about the dangers of the road in school at a younger age but, in the absence of that, it's great to see companies like ingenie raising awareness."