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Club news: IAM study reveals driving dangers resulting from smartphone and tablet use


Publication date: 22 July 2015


New research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) reveals that drivers in the UK use their phones and tablets to take selfies, make video calls and watch videos while driving. The IAM asked 500 drivers how they use their smartphones and tablets in the car. Results show that 9% of drivers admitted to taking a selfie while driving ‘in the last month’. This increases to 15% of young drivers aged 18-24 and 19% of 25-35 year olds.

8% of drivers admitted to driving while using a video-calling application such as FaceTime and Skype, rising to 16% among 18 to 24 year olds. 18% of drivers have accessed the Internet using their smartphone or tablet, and even 34% of drivers aged 25-34 admitted the Internet use.

However the number of drivers given penalty points for using a smartphone at the wheel fell by more than 40% in 2014. IAM’s chief executive officer, Sarah Sillars said: “Safe driving is everyone’s responsibility and more must be done to catch drivers using these devices dangerously by increasing the fines and points for smartphone and tablet use at the wheel – there is simply no excuse.”

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