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Taking selfies & texting at the wheel

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Taking selfies while driving, like phoning or texting at the wheel, can kill you.

Car crashes are the main cause of death among young drivers. A main cause is lack of attention to the road, which slows reaction speed. Taking photos or checking your Facebook status behind the wheel pose a real danger to your safety – and that of other road users.


A survey conducted by Ford in 2014 on 7,000 smartphone users between 18 and 24 from 7 European countries showed that one in 4 had taken a selfie while driving. Nearly half  admitted they'd taken a photo with their smartphone while on the road, while one in 4 had used social media. And no fewer than 916 status updates were sent using the #drivingselfie hashtag in an average month (see the infographics).


More and more car accidents - including fatal ones – involve drivers taking selfies. Driving demands that you maintain full control of your vehicle at all times. Taking a selfie distracts you for 14 seconds - and checking social networks can distract you for a full 20 seconds.


That's long enough for a car travelling at 100 km/h to cover 5 football fields!


To use your smartphone, find a safe place to park and take your time. For more tips on safe driving, check out this wiki page.


The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), which seeks to reduce transport-related death and injury, can help you keep up-to-date on transport safety in the EU.

Related link

Other statistics on road safety & accidents - European Commission website

Published: Fri, 04/12/2015 - 16:29

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