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Increase In People Using Social Media While Driving
posted on Jul 03 2014 by Kiri Nowak
The issue of people using social media while driving is becoming a big concern. Smartphone’s have created a completely new and potential fatal distraction. We have got to the point where putting a selfie on Facebook or checking Twitter is more important than life itself. That’s right, we would rather risk our lives than go a few minutes without checking our social media profile.
When you actually stop and think for a moment, you realise just how reckless using social media while driving really is. Do we really live in an age where social media is more important than our own personal safety?
The potential consequences of using social media whilst driving are extremely serious. Using smartphones for social networking while driving is more dangerous than drink driving according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. It’s just not worth putting your life and the lives of innocent people at risk for something so petty. If convicted you could face jail time.
In a survey by the RAC, 20% of 17 to 19-year-olds admitted using Facebook or Twitter while driving. These figures are just the tip of the iceberg. The actually number of people using social media while driving could be far more than we know.
Texting and being on the phone whilst driving has been an issue for a number of years now. The ability to use social media is just another added distraction, and it could be the most dangerous distraction of all.
People are so addicted to social media these days that they can’t bear just a few moments without checking their newsfeed. There is absolutely no way you can safely check Facebook while driving, social media may be encouraging people to look down at their phones for longer periods of time.
According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists ‘Those who use their smartphones on the move routinely spend up to 60 per cent of their time looking down at the device instead of focusing on the road ahead, compared with those without phones who spend just 10 per cent of the time, on average.’
Some people wrongly think that if they slow down so that they can use their phone they won’t have an accident. This could mean that lots of incidents caused by social media and mobile because people cause minor damage and then just drive off.
The reality is there is no safe way of texting or using social media while you are driving. Please share your thoughts and comments below.