Motorists 'use phones when driving'

A new survey has revealed that many motorists use their phones while driving.

According to the research by, almost 40% of motorists check their phones while at the wheel, potentially highlighting the importance of an adequate car insurance policy as these drivers could cause accidents.

With the increasing use of social networking websites on phones, 27% admit logging on to Facebook while driving.

The survey showed that 20% of drivers are unable to go beyond 15 minutes without checking their mobile phones.

Some 15% said they took the opportunity to make calls or send emails to colleagues when stuck in traffic jams, while 21% used phones when held up at traffic lights.

Nearly half (45%) said they would not begin their car journey unless their phone was clearly visible to them.

Gareth Kloet, head of car insurance at, said: "Our research shows that although people are aware of the consequences involved, they struggle to tear themselves away from their mobile phones and social media."

He added: "Using these devices while driving is incredibly dangerous."

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