Using phones while driving: Millions of Britons can’t go 15 minutes without checking

A recent study of Lenstore has revealed that Britons cannot go more than 15 minutes without checking their phone while driving, with 21 per cent of men and 16 per cent of women constantly checking their devices while behind the wheel.

The report found that a staggering one in four people in the UK say their mind frequently wanders while driving.

Men were found to be more susceptible to experiencing distractions while driving compared to women.

One in six people surveyed admitted they couldn’t go more than 15 minutes without checking their phone while behind the wheel.

Generation also played a role in our susceptibility to mobile distractions; a whopping 37 percent of Gen Z struggle to look away from their phones compared to just five percent of Baby Boomers while behind the wheel.

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Pair your smartphone and put it away
Most modern cars have some form of smartphone connectivity that will allow you to link your phone to the vehicle’s infotainment system and accept hands-free calls.

More advanced smartphone mirroring systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will let you use voice controls to set the sat nav or change the radio station.

Once your phone is paired, put it in the glove box or a door pocket and keep it there until the end of the trip, so it won’t distract you on your journey.

take regular breaks
The Government suggests that up to a fifth of accidents on motorways and other types of monotonous roads may be caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel.

Therefore, it is vital that you take regular breaks to stay focused and alert behind the wheel. If you can, plan a 15-20 minute break every two hours.

Get an eye exam
The NHS recommends an eye test every two years. This is important because it will identify any eye health issues and also highlight any issues you may have with your vision.

A minor vision condition during a long drive can strain your eyes and tire you excessively, so scheduling a regular eye exam is vital to keeping your driver focused.

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