Research shows that the average driver spends three and a half minutes on their phone during a one hour trip. While we may be keen on trying to multitask, this habit like swimming with sharks is an activity that is likely to kill you. If you’re still unconvinced and like to keep your phone handy in your Peugeot 2008, we’ll explore this topic in further detail to highlight just how dangerous this could be.
We All Know its Dangerous…
Using a mobile phone when driving would be a stupid cause of death, and we all know that it is highly dangerous to ourselves, our families, and other road users. In fact, in a nationwide Australian Automobile Association survey, the majority of the 2000 drivers questioned believed that distraction by mobile phones is the reason for the increase in Australian road deaths. 79 percent of the drivers placed using a mobile phone, including texting while driving, above speeding, drugs and drink driving as the primary cause of our road fatalities.
But is it Really Dangerous?
It should be fairly obvious why using a phone when driving is so dangerous. Even taking your eyes off the road for two seconds increases the risk of a crash. When you’re travelling at 60 kilometres per hour, you could travel 30 to 40 metres in those two seconds. This is more than enough to not see a pedestrian, motorcycle, or the vehicle in front braking. Additionally, figures suggest that texting and driving increase your risk of a fatal accident by 900 percent.
Further research suggests that reaching for an object in your car increases your crash risk by 8.8 times. This is a strong reason why driving with a phone in your hand is banned in every Australian state and territory, and it is only permitted to use a phone if it is held in a commercially designed holder that is fixed to your vehicle.
How Often is it Done?
Despite the dangers, according to a University of South Australia study, one to two percent of drivers in Australia are using a mobile phone while driving at any given moment. This study highlighted that mobile phone use when driving increases accident risk by as much as 400 percent.
While you may assume that it is a problem unique to younger drivers, the research does not support this. The 18 to 29 group is no more likely to use a mobile phone when driving. In fact, the greatest frequency of use was in the 30 to 39 age group.
In conclusion, using a mobile phone when driving your new Peugeot 2008 SUV is not only illegal, it is highly dangerous, and you are putting your life and the lives of fellow road users at risk. There are hefty fines and penalties in place in all states and territories, so it is simply not worth the risk. Regardless of how busy you are, it is more important to get to your destination in one piece, and while the Peugeot 2008 is packed with safety features, this won’t be enough to protect you against your own poor judgement.
If you would like to learn more about the safety features of the Peugeot 2008, Perth drivers should call in and see us. Our sales team would be delighted to discuss the new Peugeot 2008 and arrange your test drive.