Recent studies show that almost a quarter of drivers have put their life on the line by speaking on the phone whilst driving in the past year. If you use a mobile phone whilst driving, whether hands-free or hand held, your risk of causing an injury or death is four times as high. In fact, the impact of using a phone on reaction times is on a par with drink driving. A huge proportion of drivers put themselves and others in danger for the sake of a call or text message, whether flouting the law by using a hand-held phone or wrongly believing that hands-free is a safe alternative.
Texting drivers have 35% slower reaction times and poor land control and are 23 times more likely to crash than a driver paying full attention. We recommend drivers put phones on silent and out of reach before getting behind the wheel.