Following an announcement that parliament are considering doubling driving licence penalty points from 3 to 6 for using a mobile phone, a new survey of 1000 UK adults by intelligentcarleasing.com paints a revealing picture of using a mobile phone when driving. The lack of concentration this causes can be a huge danger to motorcyclists.

The question posed to individuals was ‘Have you held a mobile phone whilst driving in the last 30 days?’ A question specifically phrased so that only the most recent data was gathered and responses aren’t clouded by people answering ‘Yes’ for situations before the act was made illegal.

One of the most surprising findings is that male drivers are more than twice as likely to use a mobile phone whilst in control of a vehicle as women. Out of all respondents 10.0% of male drivers admitted to using a mobile phone while driving but only 4.5% of women claimed the same. This could show a worrying imbalance in men’s levels of complacency towards road safety when driving.

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Younger drivers are also exposing other road users to a much greater level of risk; as they make up the majority of drivers who admit to mobile phone use while driving. 18-24 years olds were 100% more likely to use a phone than the survey average, whilst 25-34 year olds were an astonishing 231% above average.

These findings reveal that some groups more than others are posing serious risks on the road. This is especially worrying when department for transport figures indicate that using a mobile phone while driving is set to become the biggest killer in 2015.

The overall results showed the following responses: yes – 6.2%, no – 67.7% and don’t drive – 26.1%.

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