As the Government announces plans for increased penalties for those using handheld mobile phones while driving, the UK and EuropeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest used vehicle marketplace, BCA, reveals the growing frustration of UK motorists towards careless driving habits.
Nearly 90% of motorists who responded to a BCA survey said the use of a handheld mobile device while driving was Ã¢â‚¬Ëœvery distractingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, with 95% claiming to have personally witnessed another motorist doing so. And over half (52%) of those surveyed believed that penalties for using a handheld mobile device should be more severe.
However, the BCA data also revealed that there appears to be a case of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœdo as I say, not as I doÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, with 42% of motorists admitting to having spoken on a handheld mobile device themselves while driving. Over a quarter (27%) admitted to texting while behind the wheel; 13% have taken a photo and 6% admitted to accessing social media whilst driving.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The interesting thing about this study is that, whilst almost everybody was happy to vent their indignation at other driversÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ carelessness, a large number also owned-up to the very things that concerned themÃ¢â‚¬Â, explained Tim Naylor, Editor of the BCA Used Car Market Report.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But it is clear from our research that there is a groundswell of support for stronger penalties for using a hand-held mobile while driving Ã¢â‚¬â€œ whether talking, texting or accessing social media.Ã¢â‚¬Â