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Calling Time on Illegal Phone UseBack

MobilePhoneUsageNew research reveals five million motorists are distracted behind the wheel


Leading used car website NFDA Trusted Dealers is supporting the national media campaign to deter drivers from using their phones behind the wheel after new research reveals that nearly five million drivers could be using their phones while driving every day.*

Online classified site Trusted Dealers is calling for more investment into policing mobile phone use behind the wheel. New research by the company into driver’s attitudes to using devices while driving found that almost half (48%) of people admit to using their phone while on the road. One in ten (10%) drivers also admitted they weren’t using hands free, with more than one in ten (14%) saying the pressure of work made them check their device behind the wheel.

While 88 per cent of drivers acknowledge it is dangerous to check mobiles while driving, 60 per cent of this group said they still used their phone because they felt they needed to respond.

The survey of 1,000 drivers revealed that more than one third (39%) have used their smartphones to check social media and change songs while driving, with a further 71 per cent making calls behind the wheel.

More than 10 per cent (12%) of drivers surveyed said they don’t think using a phone while driving is dangerous, despite the latest Government figures showing more than 180,000 people were killed or injured by road accidents in the UK in 2015 alone.** Evidence suggests that distractions such as using a mobile phone while at the wheel greatly contribute to fatal road accidents.

When asked if using their phone while driving had led to serious consequences, five per cent admitted to being caught by the police, with two per cent receiving points on their licence. A further three per cent admitted they had crashed their car or had another incident as a result of using their device behind the wheel.

Trusted Dealers Managing Director, Neil Addley, said: “Despite the fact that most drivers know that using their phone behind the wheel is dangerous, the latest results show that in a world where we are constantly online, many people feel under pressure to be continually available, even when driving. This mind set is putting safe drivers and other road users at risk.

“Trusted Dealers is supporting the call for more investment to be put into policing illegal mobile phone use as our results show that only two per cent of drivers received points on their licence, despite one in ten using their phones illegally on a daily basis.

“We are committed to keeping all motorists safe on the roads, especially new drivers, and with more people on the roads each year, we have developed a dedicated section on our site ( which is filled with tips and advice from buying your first car, to road safety advice for new drivers.”

Trusted Dealers is part of the National Franchised Dealer Association (NFDA), the UK’s leading retail motor industry body. The site, which lists cars from the country’s top dealerships has ‘Ten Points of Difference’ which offers complete peace of mind for those buying a used car online.


* Figures from a Freedom of Information Request which showed as of 30 September 2014, there were 45.5 million active driving records in GB

** Results from the Government Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain Annual Report 2015. Although these figures represent a slight decrease in fatalities from 2014, in statistical terms, the number of fatalities has remained unchanged since 2011

Posted by Leana Kell on 11/11/2016