Shockingly One in four young people in Europe admitted to taking a selfie while driving a car.

Everyone now knows that not only is it against the law, but it’s also dangerous to make a phone call, or send a text message while behind the wheel of a car. But it seems that many don’t think twice about taking a picture of themselves.

The #drivingselfie phenomena can be seen across various social networks such as Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter with an average of around 900 each month hashtagged with #drivingselfie.

Distraction while driving is one of the fatal four causes of crashes and road deaths while driving, and it’s understandable why. Distraction from a mobile phone can decrease reaction times by 38%, which is even more than if you were under the influence of cannabis, or driving at the legal alcohol limit.

Say for example taking a selfie took a total of up to 20 seconds. In that time, driving at the national speed limit you’d have travelled the length of five football pitches. Imagine what can happen in that sort of distance.

Mobile phone distraction is a serious risk to your safety and the safety of others around you. If you’re getting into a car, just ignore the phone until your journey’s over. Or if you find that too difficult lock it away in the glove box or the boot of the car.

Sourced from Yourlegalfriend.com

Driving Selfies infographic

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