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Young Drivers Selfie Safety

Young Drivers taking selfies behind the wheel

By Suzanne Swan – 12/11/15

A new Ford-sponsored survey reveals that one in four young people in Europe have taken a “selfie” while driving – a highly distracting activity – and nearly half of young drivers admit to having used their smartphone to snap a photograph behind the wheel.

The survey of 7,000 smartphone users aged 18-24 from across Europe also showed one in four people have used social media sites behind the wheel; and that young male drivers were the most likely to ignore the risks. Nearly all drivers surveyed agreed the activities were dangerous.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for young drivers and Ford last year introduced to Europe the award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life programme to provide hands-on training to more than 5,000 18-24-year-olds and online training for thousands more.

The company is now expanding the programme to include the dangers of taking a “selfie” and other smartphone and social media activities behind the wheel.

Recently the RSA has recently introduced new measures to combat the worrying statistics of novice drivers being most likely to be killed on our roads in the first two years after passing their test due to their inexperience, with the introduction of changes to the driver licensing system that apply to newly qualified novice drivers and first time learner permit holders.

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