Nearly a quarter of millennials say they are so addicted to social media that they have checked their Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter or Facebook accounts while driving.
Privilege Car Insurance conducted a survey of 2,000 motorists to find British motorists’ worst driving habits. The poll revealed that 23% of 18 – 34 year olds would browse their phones while driving, more than double the average among all motorists of 11%.
28% of millennials also admitted to having sent text messages at the wheel, compared to 15% of all drivers.
Other poor habits include indicating too late, or not at all, before changing lanes, refusing to let other drivers in when queuing in traffic and using mirrors to check hair or make up while on the move.
The most common bad habits among motorists:
Accelerating to get past an amber light before it turns red (56%)Eating or drinking (50%)Refusing to let people in when in a queue of traffic (45%)Driving with dog(s) in the car without properly securing them (38%)Indicating too late before changing lanes or turning (32%)Fiddling with personal belongings (31%)Getting distracted fiddling with sat-nav (27%)Failing to indicate at all before changing lanes or turning (26%)Checking hair, make-up or appearance in the mirror (24%)Not checking the mirror before signalling (22%)Deliberately approaching a roundabout in the wrong lane because it has a shorter queue (20%)Having a long (hands-free) phone-conversation (19%)Cutting in front of other drivers (19%)Sending or checking text messages (15%)Checking social media or other apps (11%)
A worrying 3% of those surveyed (the equivalent of half a million drivers) admitted that their driving was so poor the roads would be safer if they lost their licence.
Charlotte Fielding, head of Privilege Car Insurance said: “We all develop bad driving habits, many of which can make us less safe on the road, but it’s particularly worrying to see the impact of social media on our driving.
“Hopefully by identifying some of our worst habits, we can create more awareness amongst drivers, which will help to eliminate them.”
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