Young drivers put themselves at an increased risk of a collision when they attempt to combine driving with another task
(PRWEB) March 31, 2011
Around half of young WA drivers admit to using their mobile phone while driving according to a new survey by SGIO*.
The SGIO Car Insurance survey also revealed that over one in ten are regularly updating their Facebook status or Tweeting while at the wheel, putting themselves at a higher risk of a collision.
SGIO Car Insurance spokesperson Rob Cory said the research was concerning as so many young WA drivers admitted to not being totally focused on their driving while they were on the road.
‘Young drivers put themselves at an increased risk of a collision when they attempt to combine driving with another task,’ he said.
‘Research shows that using a mobile phone while driving can increase the risk of being involved in a crash by up to 4 times, so we urge drivers who need to make a call or send a message to pull over before using their phone**.
‘One in three young drivers who use their mobile while driving also say they’re doing it more now than they did a year ago, showing that our appetite to always be mobile and accessible is growing.
‘Losing focus while behind the wheel, even if it’s only for a split second, may cause the worst to happen so we want to urge all young drivers to be alert on the roads and if you need to use your mobile, we suggest you pull over first,’ said Mr Cory.
Under WA law it is illegal to drive a vehicle while using a hand-held mobile phone in WA. The penalty is a $250 fine and three demerit points**.
*Based on Pure Profile Research, February 2011
SGIO is a leading insurance provider, offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in Western Australia.