A fifth of British drivers admit using mobile phone whilst driving

A new study by claims.co.uk has shown that 20% of drivers in Great Britain have admitted using their mobile phone (without hands-free devices) whilst driving. The research, carried out by YouGov, reveals that many people are ignoring safety advice about the increased chance of causing a road accident when using a phone.

It also seems that men are worse offenders than women, as 28% of men admitted to breaking the law, compared to only 14% of women.

The government released data earlier this year that showed nearly 70,000 people had been caught using their phone behind the wheel in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013. The vast majority of these drivers were fined and received 3 points on their licence.

Managing director of claims.co.uk, John Quail, said: “The evidence is strong that using a mobile phone to make calls and text while driving is irresponsible and dangerous. Yet 20% of us seem to think we can use our mobile when driving and get away with it.”

The male/female divide, the regional divide

The infographic below shows the divide between male and female respondants, as well as the differences between regions in Great Britain and marital status:

Drivers using mobile phones GB

Raw YouGov survey data

The table below shows the raw data taken from the YouGov survey:

Gender
 
Male
Female
Unweighted base
845
902
Base: All GB Adults who have a valid UK driving licence
847
867
Spoken on the phone whilst driving (not on a hands free kit)
26%
14%
Age
 
18-24
25-34
35-44
45-54
55+
Unweighted base
174
200
316
398
659
Base: All GB Adults who have a valid UK driving licence
208
260
319
323
603
Spoken on the phone whilst driving (not on a hands free kit)
10%
27%
28%
25%
14%
Region
 
North
Midlands
East
London
South
England
Wales
Scotland
Unweighted base
515
313
207
237
464
1736
123
169
Base: All GB Adults who have a valid UK driving licence
499
333
195
260
464
1750
101
176
Spoken on the phone whilst driving (not on a hands free kit)
17%
22%
17%
19%
21%
20%
20%
26%
Marital Status
 
Married/Civil partnership
Living as married
Separated/Divorced
Widowed
Never married
Unweighted base
928
227
155
52
385
Base: All GB Adults who have a valid UK driving licence
903
223
128
47
414
Spoken on the phone whilst driving (not on a hands free kit)
23%
29%
17%
6%
13%

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