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Turn your phone off facts and figures
A fifth of drivers aged 18-24 regularly read or send texts while driving. 16% also admit surfing the internet while driving at least several times a week.
Reference: Brake and Direct Line (2016) Smartphones
After using your phone, it can take a minute for you to start paying full attention to the road again.
Reference: AAA Foundation (2015) Measuring cognitive distraction in the automobile III: A comparison of 10 in-vehicle information systems
If you text and drive, your reaction times can slow by 35%.
Reference: Transport Research Laboratory (2008), The effect of text messaging on driver behaviour: A simulator study
You’re four times more likely to be involved in a serious crash if you’re on your phone while driving.
Reference: McEvoy, S.P. et al (2005), Role of mobile phones in motor vehicle crashes resulting in hospital attendance: A case-crossover study, BMJ 331 (428)
Drivers using a phone contributed to 103 crashes where someone was killed or seriously injured in 2019.
Reference: Department for Transport (2020) Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2019, table RAS50001.