A new survey by Motoring.co.uk has revealed more than half (57%) of drivers say they feel as "in control as normal" when using their mobile phone while driving, Fleet News reports.
This revelation comes despite 6% of all fatal accidents being caused by behind-the-wheel distractions.
The survey, which questioned nearly 1,200 drivers, found more than two fifths (43%) of drivers would not hesitate to use their phone when behind the wheel, with nearly three quarters (72%) using their phone while stopped in traffic or at lights.
Nearly six in 10 motorists (59%) admitted to using their phones during normal driving, with more than two fifths (44%) using mobiles at low speed. Worryingly, nearly a quarter (24%) said they used their phones while travelling at high speeds on the motorway.
When it comes to what they're using their phone for, almost a quarter (24%) said they check SMS directly on their phone. Checking emails or notifications and answering calls were other reasons drivers checked their mobile, cited by 16% and 15%, respectively.
Nearly a third (31%) of respondents said they saw other drivers using a mobile phone while driving during the majority of their car journeys.
Managing director of Motoring.co.uk, Terry Hogan, commented: "We understand that mobile phone use is a huge part of our everyday lives, but it's evident from this survey that drivers underestimate how much they are distracted by them."
"It's clear that better driver education is needed, as well as harsher penalties," Hogan added.
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