Driving Selfies: The Risk of Taking Selfies behind the wheel

The Risk of Taking Selfies while Driving

Research conducted by Deloitte in 2014 analysed phone usage in the UK. The findings suggest that two in three UK adults - approximately 35 million - now own a smartphone.

In recent years, people have become increasingly dependent on portable digital devices such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops etc. People have a constant need for internet access to keep up with worldly news, social media and bank balances etc.

Gone are the days when a mobile was simply used to just make calls and text people. The ease of technology and internet access is causing obsession with devices, so much so that in some cases, people feel the need to document their entire life in ‘selfies’. A Selfie is a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.

Taking selfies and documenting your life online at every available opportunity is fine to a point, but there is a time when taking a selfie is inappropriate and frankly irresponsible, e.g. when driving a car.

Believe it or not, this happens.

The ability to drive is essentially a privilege. If you abuse the laws and regulations of the road, your driving privilege can be taken away from you.

The institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) researched the extent of mobile phone usage of people driving a car. They found that using a mobile device or tablet whilst in control of a vehicle is more dangerous than driving whilst at the legal alcohol limit or when under the influence of cannabis.

If you are using a mobile device whilst at the wheel, you will have a much slower reaction time and will have difficulty staying in the same lane as your eyes are not 100% on the road as they should be.

If you are not concentrating on the road ahead because you are otherwise preoccupied with technology, you are at an increased risk of missing something, such as a child or animal running out into the road. You could crash into the reverse of a vehicle, unaware it had stopped in a queue of traffic in front of you.

The consequences of vanity can be dire indeed.

Concentration is the key to safer driving; there are so many things to remember. Sometimes people can become complacent about driving but it should be remembered that a car can cause immense damage even at low speed and distractions such as smartphones and tablets are best kept out of reach so as to avoid unnecessary tragedies.

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