Car insurance: 81% use phone behind wheel

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

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The majority of car insurance customers have confessed to using their mobiles behind the wheel, despite the obvious dangers it presents, a survey shows.

Eight in ten motorists (81 per cent) admit to making and receiving calls without a hands-free device when they are driving, according to a GoodMobilePhones.co.uk poll reported by the Press Association.

Using a mobile phone without a hands-free device is an illegal offence in the UK and if a motor insurance holder is caught they will be handed a fine as well as points on their licence, which could have a negative impact on future policies.

Out of the respondents surveyed, just 12 per cent confessed that they would never make a call during a journey without the use of a hands-free kit, with three per cent saying they would not use their phone behind the wheel whatsoever.

As well as this, 62 per cent claimed that they were not aware of the legal repercussions they would face if they were found to use their phone while travelling on Britain's roads.

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