Facebook the latest distraction to soaring number of motorists on the phone

The number of motorists who admit to making phone calls or writing text messages while at the wheel has tripled in the space of a year according to the latest survey.

The number of people who admit to taking calls has rocketed from 8 per cent to 28 per cent. A similar rise was seen in those who text, with almost half of those people (47 per cent) claiming it did not divert their attention from the road.
In a poll of 1,150 drivers, the RAC found that over a third confess to being distracted by their mobile phone, with 21 per cent likely to respond to a social media alert while driving.

The survey showed that on a 23 minute average drive most people's mobile phone would beep at least once, and 53 per cent of those surveyed admitted they'd find out why.

The success of websites like Facebook and Twitter, combined with the rise of the smartphone, has added another dimension to the list of likely distractions.

While calls and texts remain the biggest reason for taking your eyes off the road, the study also listed the applications motorists were most likely to use at the wheel. The largely predictable top five were email, Google Maps, music, photos and Facebook.

RAC motoring strategist, Adrian Tink, said: "It's extremely concerning that the use of mobile phones for texting and calling has risen in the past year. It is also worrying that people are admitting to using their phone for a whole host of social media applications while driving.

"Taking your eye off the road, just for a second, to read an alert or check who a call came from can have potentially fatal results."
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