One In Five Drivers Check Facebook And E-mails At The Wheel

A new survey conducted by the RAC has revealed that 21 per cent of drivers admit to checking their social network accounts while driving.

The RAC questioned 1,150 motorists, of which 39 per cent said that they are distracted by calls, text and social media alerts while at the wheel.

Of the social media sites and applications drivers admitted to using in the survey, checking e-mails, Facebook and using Google Maps were amongst the top.

The survey found that the number of motorists admitting to taking calls while driving has increased, rising from 8 per cent to 28 per cent. Drivers admitting to texting while at the wheel has also surged, up from 11 per cent to 31 per cent.

Younger drivers, aged between 17 to 24, were found to be the most likely to check their phone while driving if it rings, with 58 per cent of them admitting to it.

RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink said: “Taking your eye off the road, just for a second, to read an alert or check who a call came from can have potentially fatal results. This steep rise in mobile phone usage at the wheel could potentially be set to continue as more and more people embrace smartphone technology.”