Selfie-snapping while driving

Selfie shock: 1 in 10 drivers have taken one in the past MONTH

Selfie-snapping while drivingMotorists are using their smartphones behind the wheel to take selfies, make video calls and even watch videos or catch-up TV.

Nearly 10% admit to have taken a selfie while driving in the past month. It rises to 15% of 18-24 year olds and, proving that older drivers know no better, goes up again to 19% of 25-35 year olds.

There’s a clear gender gap too: 5% of women admit to it, compared to 12% of men.

Younger drivers are keener on using Skype or FaceTime, though: 16% admit to it, double the still-worrying national average in the IAM poll of 500 drivers.

7% of drivers have even watched videos or streamed catch-up TV while on the road…


IAM CEO Sarah Sillars said: “It’s shocking to see new trends like taking selfies and making video calls becoming common practice.

“Safe driving is everyone’s responsibility and more must be done to catch drivers using these devices dangerously by increasing the fines and points for smartphone and tablet use at the wheel – there is simply no excuse.”

She is now calling for a national campaign to make smartphone use behind the wheel as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.

Sillars is also keen to rectify another worrying trend: despite such growth in more dangerous ways of using smartphones while driving, prosecutions for mobile phone use behind the wheel fell 40% in 2014.


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Dial 999 if you see a motorway incident says safety body

Motorway signMotorists are being advised to immediately dial 999 if they spot an incident on the motorway – even if it’s one they’re not directly involved in.

GEM Motoring Assist is calling on motorists to make a call immediately to the emergency services if they see a motorway incident where help is required.

“Making that call for help at the earliest opportunity could save lives,’ said GEM chef executive David Williams MBE.

The advice comes after new two people died on a Scottish motorway following a crash that wasn’t investigated by Police Scotland for three days.

‘Dial 999 immediately’

“Unless we’ve actually been involved in a collision, there is now law in this country demanding that we stop,” said Williams.

“We do not want anyone to stop on a motorway and risk making a situation worse.

“However, if you see something on or by the motorway that causes you concern, then you should alert the emergency services immediately by dialling 999.”

But what if you don’t have a hands-free phone – isn’t it illegal to use a mobile on the move? Not so, added Williams.

“You may use your mobile phone to dial 999 in an emergency if it’s unsafe or impractical to stop.”

He also advised motorists to look out for motorway marker posts every 100 metres on the motorway, and driver location boards every 500 metres: these precise location indicators could prove invaluable to emergency services.


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Automatic emergency call for ALL new cars sold from 2018

Land Rover emergency servicesAutomatic emergency call – or eCall – will be fitted as standard to every new car sold in the EU from 2018 following a vote today by the European Parliament.

This will potentially save over 2,500 lives in the EU in one year alone, estimate politicians.

eCall is technology built into cars that can detect the severity of a crash and automatically dial the emergency services. Using speakers and microphones, it can connect occupants with an operator even if they’re trapped within the car.

The system will automatically send information on the type of vehicle, the fuel used and the time of the accident. Crucially, it will also send the location of the crash, potentially cutting minutes or even hours from the time it takes emergency services to reach an accident.

“The European Parliament has repeatedly stressed that reducing deaths and the severity of injuries on the roads is its priority,” said rapporteur Olga Sehnalova from the Czech Republic, speaking on behalf of politicians.

“eCall as a public service, free of charge for all citizens, irrespective of the type of vehicle or its purchase price, will contribute to that common goal.”

Road accidents in the EU cost 25,700 lives in 2014. eCall could cut that by an estimated 10% a year.

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