Poll reveals drivers' phone habits

Many young people are taking a "huge risk" with their own life and the lives of others by texting while behind the wheel, according to a new survey.

Research by road safety charity Brake found 41% of young drivers admitted to using hand-held phones while driving, while almost half said they sent texts while on the road.

Similarly, one in five young motorists admitted to emailing, surfing the web and using apps at the same time as driving. The figures trigger worries over road safety, offering a timely reminder of the importance of comprehensivecar insurance cover.

Brake also found that 48% of adults used their phone while driving, of which two-thirds did so illegally by using hand-held mobiles.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said drivers who use their phone while behind the wheel take a "huge risk" with their own life and the lives of other road users.

She added: "Many drivers who wouldn't dream of drink-driving are using phones while driving, oblivious that the effect on your reaction times can be similar. If you need to use your phone urgently, pull over somewhere safe first."

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