Claims against drivers using such websites such as Twitter and Facebook at the wheel have increased by 12 percent year on year, with the majority of accidents caused by a lack of attention in slow moving traffic.
Swinton car insurance has moved to warn UK motorists that causing an accident whilst using a mobile phone can lead to a criminal record and carries serious convictions not to mention a hefty increase in UK car insurance premiums.
Drivers should, at the very least, consider Bluetooth headsets which enable them to receive calls hands-free, keeping eyes firmly fixed on the road at all times. Nevertheless, Swinton car insurance advocates that all mobile equipment is switched off before driving a vehicle.
Steve Chelton, Insurer Development Manager at Swinton car insurance, said: "As technology advances, we are seeing more and more drivers using smart phones and other devices while behind the wheel – and this is leading to more accidents on our roads. Even in slow moving traffic, writing or reading a message is a major distraction. Our advice is simple – turn off any electronic equipment before getting into a car for a safer journey."
The law for hand-held mobile phone usage was amended back in February 2007, with a £60 fine and a three-point driving licence penalty for any offenders.
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