One in 10 driving convictions for mobile phone use

Ten per cent of driving convictions in the UK are for driving while using a mobile phone, according to data from car insurance price comparison website, Moneysupermarket.com.

Of the 14 million car insurance quotes run on the site over the last 12 months, 2.72 million were submitted with driving convictions – of those one in 10 were for driving while using a mobile phone.

It’s not just blabbing on the blower that is driving British motorists to distraction, however.

Research from the comparison site also found that of the 76% of motorists that admitted to being distracted behind the wheel, 54% confessed to changing music while driving; 47% eating and drinking and a further 16% to texting. A shocking 6% admitted to using Facebook or Twitter on the move, too.

Car insurance expert at Moneysupermarket.com, Kevin Pratt:

“We all lead busy lives and find ourselves trying to multi-task, even when driving. But motorists need to be vigilant as taking your eyes off the road for only a second could have disastrous consequences for yourself and other motorists and pedestrians.

“Using a mobile phone to text, call or tweet when behind the wheel is not only very dangerous but also illegal.”

 

HOW DO YOU DE-ICE YOURS?

British motorists are resorting to bizarre de-icing rituals to remove the frost from their cars’ windscreens in the morning.

But experts have warned that some of the more unconventional techniques could leave drivers liable for an expensive bill.

Ice, snow and freezing temperatures mean frosted glass early in the morning, but how many of us actually know how to de-ice a windscreen?

According to car care product specialists Autoglym, nearly one in four drivers have used a credit card to clear the screen, while as many as 29% have resorted to using their hands.

The real shock however, is that 15% of motorists admitted to using boiling water to try and melt ice and clear glass surfaces. This is a risky practice as the thermal shock of going from zero to nearly 100 degrees Celsius means the windscreen could shatter, leaving you with a costly repair.

Autoglym’s research asked more than 1,000 people what they use to clear their windscreen, with alcoholic drinks, books and clothes among some of the more unusual answers.

Here’s how to do it properly:

–       Use a proper ice scraper and a bottle of de-icer solution

–       Clear all glass surfaces and mirrors of ice and condensation

–       Add anti-freeze to your car’s screen wash to stop it freezing

–       Clean your car regularly to stop a build-up of dirt

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