Drivers taking ‘selfies’ have been condemned by road safety organisations.
A survey of 2,000 motorists by price comparison website Confused.com revealed that nearly one in ten (nine per cent) of 18-to-24-year-olds admitted using the photo messaging app Snapchat and five per cent used Instagram to upload their images to the web.
A total of seven per cent of motorists across all age ranges (one in 14) had taken ‘selfies’ and other pictures while behind the wheel.
The pictures are often uploaded to social media websites using hashtags such as #DrivingSelfie, #bored, and #LuckyWeDidn’tCrash.
But the irresponsible drivers have come in for harsh criticism. In a Mail Online report, Laura Woods, of road safety charity Brake, said: “This is a case of selfie selfishness. Using a phone in any way at the wheel dramatically increases the risk of crashing and killing or seriously injuring someone.
“It is very worrying to see the numbers of drivers engaging in this dangerous behaviour, particularly younger drivers who are already at higher risk of crashing due to their age and inexperience.”
And Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said in the report: “This seems to be another form of peer pressure to take part in the latest trend. The best way to avoid it is to give young people the skills to stand up for themselves and not follow the herd and post silly photographs online.” He also called for more traffic police to clamp down on bad drivers.
It is very worrying to see the numbers of drivers engaging in this dangerous behaviour.
Gemma Stanbury, head of car insurance at Confused.com, told Mail Online: “Taking your eye off the road, just for a second, to read an alert or take a photo can have potentially fatal results. We’re aware that social media and photo-sharing sites do not actively encourage users to take photos or post updates when driving, so the responsibility sits with the individual not to do so when behind the wheel.”