New research has revealed the most common things that Britons do with their phones whilst they’re behind the wheel, with reading and sending text messages, taking selfies and making calls topping the list.
According to the poll, an alarming 61% of British drivers confessed to using their phone whilst behind the wheel.
Whilst two thirds use their mobile phones whilst they’re driving, just as many hypocritically admit they don’t like being a passenger in a car when the driver is using their phones – either feeling uneasy or asking the driver to put their phone down.
The team at Voucher Codes Pro conducted the research as part of an ongoing study into Brits on the road. Brits aged 18 and over, all of whom stated they have held a full driving license for at least two years, were quizzed about their driving habits and what they did whilst behind the wheel.
Initially all respondents were asked ‘Do you ever use your phone whilst you’re driving?’ to which 61%, admitted that ‘yes’ they do, whether sometimes or quite often, whilst 39% stated ‘no’ they never use their phone whilst driving.
All respondents who admitted to using their phone whilst driving and not stationary were asked what it was specifically that they were doing. When provided with a list of possible responses and told to select all that applied, the top five responses were as follows:
1. Read and send text messages – 36%
2. Take selfies – 27%
3. Make and answer telephone calls – 22%
4. Take videos of singing & dancing along to the music – 17%
5. Photograph surroundings – 15%
Those who admitted to taking selfies behind the wheel were asked why they had done so at the time, instead of waiting until they’d come to a stop, to which the most common responses were ‘it was in response to a photo that I received, i.e. on Snapchat’ (33%) and ‘it was a selfie in the moment, couldn’t have been done later’ (31%).
According to the poll, when asked how they reacted when they were a passenger in a car whilst the driver was using their phone, 41% admitted it made them feel uneasy, 22% admitted they asked the driver to pay attention to the road instead of their phone, whilst the remaining 37% didn’t mind as they trusted the driver to still be focusing on the road.
Don’t be a dick. Don’t use your phone whilst driving!