Many of us love social media sites like FaceBook and twitter, they are great for keeping in touch with friends and letting the world know what you had for lunch. However, it seems that many younger drivers are so addicted that they are even checking their status updates whilst driving.
A recent report from a leading motoring organisation has revealed that the number of 25 to 44-year-olds in the UK who are looking at social media sites while in the car has increased by around 50% in the last year. The rise in use for smart phones is partly to blame as the ease of access to the internet makes it very tempting to just have a quick look.
With the weight of evidence that using a mobile phone whilst driving can have a drastic effect on a persons’ ability to anticipate danger makes it no surprise to learn that looking at FaceBook on your smart phone can also be extremely hazardous.
A representative from the company warned that this type of behaviour is likely to lead to a new type of motoring offence, but unfortunately, it is likely to take years and probably many lives before people realise how dangerous it is.
He also commented that the government should be focusing on educating young people about road safety as the problem is not likely to go away.