1 million selfies are taken behind the wheel but speeding is still the biggest issue!
A huge 1 million* selfies are being taken whilst driving but speeding is the biggest issue on Britain’s roads according to new research by Halfords Autocentres.
Over half (56%) of UK motorists confessed to speeding over the legal limit but it is those that drive a Mitsubishi who are the worst offenders. A huge 86% of Mitsubishi drivers confessed to exceeding the speed limit on Britain’s roads.
On the 24th April, the government increased the fines for those caught speeding above the legal limit to 150 per cent of one’s weekly salary. Back on March 1st, the Government also increased the fines for those caught using a phone while driving to £200 and the penalty points to 6. The government are clearly cracking down on reckless driving in Britain, however this doesn’t seem to have stopped motorists.
1.5 million drivers* (5% of the UK total) confessed to using Snapchat whilst behind the wheel. Although only 3% of motorists confessed to taking selfies whilst driving, this equates to 1 million across the driving population, making it a huge issue on UK roads.
Those aged 18-24 are most guilty of taking selfies while driving: 7% confessed to the sin. However, it’s 25-35 year olds that are using Snapchat the most, with 13% admitting to doing so.
32% of 25-35-year-olds openly admitted to using their phones, despite the government crackdown.
The study reveals that some specific car owners are in fact worse than others. Mitsubishi drivers came out as the worst offenders when it comes to speeding, but Lexus drivers take the most selfies whilst driving (15%). BMW drivers use Snapchat the most (14%) and Porsche drivers are the worst for illegally parking in disabled bays (31%).
When it comes to being reckless on the roads, Alfa Romeo drivers confessed to the most amount of sins, making them the UK’s most dangerous.
*All figures are taken from omnibus research carried out by One Poll research on behalf of Halfords Autocentres. This was an online poll of 2,000 UK drivers (nationally representative sample). Calculations are based on Department for Transport figures, which show there are 31.8 million driving licence holders in Britain (2014).