Young males three times more likely to take incoming phone calls while driving
27 September 2016
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Young male drivers are three times more likely to get distracted by using a mobile phone than the average driver, new research has claimed.
According to research by motors.co.uk, one-in-five would pick up a call while driving and that 82% of 17-25 year-old drivers are more likely to pick up a call than the average driver.
The firm created an online distracted driving challenge which takes users on a virtual car journey to examine concentration by presenting them with incoming phone calls as they drive.
Findings from the test also revealed that men are 24% more likely to answer a call compared with women.
"Our Time to Stop driving simulation has shown drivers are more likely to get distracted than previously thought. It is paramount that drivers remain as undistracted as possible on the road, for their own and others' safety," said Phill Jones, managing director of motors.co.uk. "We believe a national safety campaign should be created that clearly and memorably restates the law, highlighting the dangers and impact of using a handheld device when driving."
"The last campaign of this type was released in 2012, and it focused primarily on cutting down on making and taking calls behind the wheel. In the intervening four years, not only has the number of phones in use increased dramatically, but so has the range of functionality on these devices, increasing their role in our everyday lives - and the consequent potential in-car distraction," he added.