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Warnings about post-lockdown driving behaviour

One in 10 drivers think it’s perfectly acceptable to answer a video call while they are driving, according to research.

Worryingly, almost half think it’s fine to use their mobile phone while behind the wheel while seven percent admit to catching up with their favourite shows on long journeys. That is according to research from dash cam company Nextbase.

Last year, a survey conducted by leasing company Venson Automotive Solutions highlighted a fall in driving standards as an increasing number of drivers headed back out on to the road.

On its latest findings, Nextbase head of road safety Bryn Booker said: “The continued use of technology while driving is worrisome, and the latest regulations are looking to crack down on these driving behaviours in order to further reduce the risk for road traffic incidents.”

The research of more than 1,000 drivers also found that 11% still believe it is fine to get behind the wheel after having a drink if ‘you feel fine to drive’.

Further research on bad driving habits picked up during lockdown revealed that 61% of UK drivers believe they are ‘COVID Drivers’, one in five (22%) said they now steer one-handed, 12% confessed to getting easily distracted when driving, while 15% said they drive far too quickly.

Company drivers should be made fully aware of new regulations that have come into force since the pandemic, the company says.

One of the new laws means it is illegal for anyone to pick up and use their mobile phone while driving, this also applies to scrolling through a playlist or using social media.

It also raises the question around using a mobile phone as a sat-nav, drivers must set the route before turning on their cars and turning on their engine. Setting a destination while driving could cost incur six penalty points and a £200 fine.

Fleet News August 2021

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