The increasing use of mobile technology and popularity of social media are driving motorists into dangerous situations on the roads, a new survey has discovered.
The survey, by motors.co.uk, found 9% of motorists compose and send texts while at the wheel and 5% use a hand-held device to answer a telephone call.
Another 2% monitor or maintain a social media account while behind the wheel and 1% even upload images to social media sites while driving.
Of the 2,500 drivers who responded to the survey 69% thought that the police should be tougher on people who conduct hand-held telephone conversations while driving.
About 66% reckon that the fine for using a mobile phone while driving should be greater and 59% thought that more penalty points should be given on a licence.
Commercial director of motors.co.uk Phil Jones said: "We fully support reducing instances of mobile phone use without a hands-free set by drivers.
"As the research suggests, a significant number of people want the police to impose stricter laws and punishments. Using your mobile phone handset while driving is completely intolerable, and can ultimately cost lives."
Copyright Press Association 2012