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We are all guilty of using our phone whilst behind the wheel and it would be hard to deny that you have not done so since it was made illegal to use a hand held phone in 2003.
Despite it being illegal to use your phone behind the wheel surveys, studies and statistics have shown quite the opposite. Those between 17-24 years old were found to be the worst culprits. It has been suggested that motorists that use their phones are more likely to be texting, making phone calls or using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and SnapChat.
Picking up your phone to post a picture, like a status or have a quick natter with your loved ones have serious consequences. Did you know that 1 in 4 road collisions are caused because the driver has used a mobile phone use whilst being behind the wheel.
Even more shocking statistics presented show that out of 18,000 participants…
7,000 lost concentration while behind the wheel
548 of those had very near misses
106 had actually been involved in a crash of which many have been injured
88 deaths had been a consequence
Technology is tempting however the question you ought to ask yourself is, is it worth the risk? Using your phone can distract you from on coming traffic that even a person under the influence is able to see. We advise you to put your phone in your bag, in your glove box or completely out of sight on silent, that way there is no distraction and the temptation is not there.
Just because you have read this advice, stopped and thought, does not mean that others have. It is the most frustrating thing to be blamed for something that was never your fault. The evidence that you are not at fault is possibly there – all you need to do is record it. So remember to always have a Crashmate kit in your glove box or somewhere that you are able to put your hands on whilst out on the road. This will protect you in a number of ways if such unfortunate circumstances were to happen.
Don’t take the risk!
Remember….. Be prepared, Stay alert! Stay safe!
I bought a Crashmate kit for my daughter after she passed her driving test; we wanted to make sure she could look after herself if ever she was involved in an accident. I've been in an accident before and I know how shook up you can be and we want to make sure she can handle herself and knows the right things to ask for.
All of our drivers' have Crashmate kits as standard, our regulations mean that we have to provide on-the-scene driver support and we believe these kits do just that. We opted for the personalised kits so our drivers have the contact names and numbers of duty managers to make reporting these incidents easier.
Having used Crashmate kits for over 8 years as an after-sales gift to our customers, we continue to be impressed by the level of service from such a helpful team. They're always able to help guide us as to what to put on our kits to make sure we communicate effectively with our customers and still keep the safety messages required.