We all know that talking on your cell phone and driving is dangerous and that texting and driving is even worse. But does it get worse than that? Evidence would suggest so.
A Ford-sponsored survey concluded that a third of 18- to 24-year-old British drivers have actually snapped a selfie while driving. Through the Ford Driving Skills for Life program, 7,000 surveyed smartphone owners from all across Europe, again between the ages of 18 and 24, and found that young British drivers were the most likely to snap a selfie behind the wheel. Surprising? Unfortunately, probably not.
This study went on to observe that the average selfie takes around 14 seconds to take. That’s 14 seconds that the driver’s eyes are not on the road. Traveling at 60 mph, that’s the equivalent of traveling over four football fields without glancing at the road.
“Taking a ‘selfie’ has for many young people quickly become an integral part of everyday life – but it’s the last thing you should be doing behind the wheel of a car. It is deeply worrying that so many young drivers admit to taking a photo while driving and we will be doing all we can to highlight the potential dangers through driver education,” said Jim Graham, who is part of Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program.
These results might be for the UK, but we have a feeling the results aren’t much different in the United States. At Sanderson Ford, we urge everyone to keep their eyes on the road at all times while driving. Texting, talking on the phone, and taking a selfie can all wait while you are behind the wheel.