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1 in 10 drivers take selfies while driving

Research into the driving habits of motorists has revealed that almost one in 10 motorists have taken selfies while they were driving.

The study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) asked 500 drivers about their use of smartphones and tablets behind the wheel.

8% admitted making video calls using Facetime or Skype, 7% watch YouTube videos or TV programmes including catch-up services and 18% admitted accessing the internet while driving.

15% of 18 to 24-year-olds and 19% of 25 to 35-year-olds admitted to taking selfies while driving.  12% of male drivers said they take selfies while driving compared to just 5% of women.

Sarahs Sillars, of the IAM said: ‘Everyone knows how dangerous using a smartphone or tablet is while driving.  That’s why 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 fines and points for smartphone and tablet use at the wheel.’

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