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One-in-four drivers under 25 have taken a ‘selfie’ while driving

Published 06/08/2014 | 16:55

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A quarter of drivers under 25 have taken a 'selfie' while driving
A quarter of drivers under 25 have taken a 'selfie' while driving

ONE in every four drivers under the age of 25 has taken a ‘selfie’ while driving, according to a new survey

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The survey, carried out on young drivers around Europe, also shows that nearly half of drivers in the same age group had taken a photo on their phone while driving.

7,000 drivers were interviewed for the research, conducted for Ford, which showed young men most likely to engage in the risky activity.

Research has shown that taking a ‘selfie’ while on the road will distract a driver for about 14 seconds.

Checking Facebook or Twitter while driving will on average distract for around 20 seconds – or the length of five football pitches for a car travelling at 100km/h.

Despite a high level of young drivers taking ‘selfies’ behind the wheel, almost all surveyed said they believed it was a dangerous act.

There have been a number of car accidents around the world this year when it has been believed a driver was taking a ‘selfie’ prior to collision. 

British drivers were found to be the worst – with a third admitting to taking a ‘selfie’ behind the wheel.

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