Ford-sponsored survey of 7,000 smartphone users aged 18-24 from across Europe revealed that one in four have posted an update on social media or checked social media sites while driving.
According to the survey, 33 per cent of British drivers have taken a “selfie”, followed by Germany (28 per cent), France (28 per cent), Romania (27 per cent), Italy (26 per cent), Spain (18 per cent), and Belgium (17 per cent).
We all know there are high risks of using smartphones at the wheel, but most people don’t realize how big the risk really is to them and people around them in traffic.
In average snapping a ‘selfie’ at the wheel could distract a driver for 14 seconds, and checking social media accounts distracts for as much as 20 seconds. Now read this! 20 seconds is long enough, at 60mph, to travel the length of five football pitches.
“Taking a ‘selfie’ has for many young people quickly become an integral part of everyday life – but it’s the last thing you should be doing behind the wheel of a car,” said Jim Graham, Ford Driving Skills for Life manager. “It is deeply worrying that so many young drivers admit to taking a photo while driving and we will be doing all we can to highlight the potential dangers through driver education.”
So instead of taking a boring selfie behind the steering wheel and putting yourself and people around you in risk, check out this epic selfie video with 600 days around the world.