A third of young drivers are texting or reading text messages while travelling on the road a new survey has shown. Nottingham Road Safety Partnership held the survey which showed that almost 50% of young drivers set up their sat-navs while driving and 8% drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Around 25% admitted they thought they drove too fast and 75% were distracted with singing or dancing while listening to music on the move. This result has led to a new road safety course aimed at texting drivers and those who admit to failures in basic road safety. The new BTEC course offers practical and theoretical road safety education and will be offered at schools and colleges around the country to encourage young drivers to stay safe while driving. Young drivers who took part in the survey agreed that over-confidence can often lead to accidents and that proper education would be beneficial to younger drivers. Those who are learning to drive or are thinking of learning are encouraged to take the course.
Texting drivers and other road distractions
There are a number of distractions that can put a driver off-focus, many of which can cause serious accidents and injuries on the road. Mobile phone use is on the rise, particularly among young people, therefore, road safety courses like this can encourage road users to think before using a phone at the wheel. Other distractions may include using a sat-nav while driving, changing radio stations or switching songs and rowdy passengers. The potential for accidents to happen can increase if basic road safety is not followed and you may be able to win compensation if someone else was at fault for any injury or accident you may be involved in while driving or while a pedestrian.
How to claim for road traffic compensation
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which helps victims of accidents that are the fault of someone else. We have been in business since the year 2000 therefore, we have helped thousands of victims to claim their right to compensation. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that was someone else’s fault, keep any evidence of negligence as well as the names of any witnesses present to help your claim go smoothly. We do not charge upfront for taking your case so you can give us a call on our 24-hour helpline to obtain some no-obligation advice regarding your road traffic accident.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown