More drivers are using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook whilst driving and causing more accidents as a result.
According to Swinton, the number of car insurance claims involving drivers using Facebook and Twitter and other social network sites has risen 12% year on year. Most of these accidents are caused when drivers concentrate more on the screen than on the road when in slow moving traffic.
Swinton advise drivers to switch off all mobiles, smartphones and PDAs before driving as if when using one of these devices you have an accident it can lead not only to a costly insurance claim but potentially a driving conviction too. The penalty for using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving is £60 and three penalty points.
“As technology advances, we are seeing more and more drivers using smart phones and other devices while behind the wheel – and this is leading to more accidents on our roads,” says Steve Chelton, from Swinton car insurance. He added “Even in slow moving traffic, writing or reading a message is a major distraction.”
Car insurance is a requirement of the law. All drivers in the UK must be insured and driving a vehicle that you are not insured to drive is a criminal offence.