The motoring giant RAC has recently stated that smart phones have created a new generation of people who drive whilst using their phones, with concerns that this could become a growing issue.
Over the years the problem of driving whilst using a mobile phone has become a big one across the UK, resulting in the eventual ban of using mobiles without a hands free kit whilst driving. The distraction of driving whilst using phones caused many accidents over the years, hence the concern that has arisen over this issue.
Whilst the ban and penalties over driving whilst using a phone may have helped to bring these incidents down to some degree there is now fresh concern over the rising number of younger drivers that are using their smart phones whilst they are driving, once again pushing up the risk of accidents.
The motoring group, RAC, has recently expressed concern over the rising number of people that are driving and using their smart phones for all sorts of things, such as emailing, messaging, talking, social networking, surfing the Internet and more. An RAC official said: “Drivers using handheld mobile phones is still an all-too common sight, and one that appears to be getting worse. The popularity of smartphones and apps, especially among younger drivers who have grown up with the technology, risks creating a new generation of drivers who believe using a phone behind the wheel is acceptable. This has to change.”
He added: “At 70mph your car travels around the length of six double decker buses every two seconds – if someone told you to close your eyes at that speed for that length of time you’d think they were crazy – yet people are doing virtually the same thing by taking their eyes off the road to look at phones.”
Source – Guardian