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One in five people use their phone behind the wheel

More than one in five people use non-hands-free mobile phones to take a call or text whilst driving, new research suggests.

One in five people use their phone behind the wheel

One in five people use their phone behind the wheel, according to HPL Motors

The analysis by used car specialists HPL Motors also found that more than one in 10 people had listened to music through headphones when driving.

HPL Motors managing director Jonathan Herman said: “Despite the laws in place to prohibit the use of mobile phones at the wheel, and the hands-free technology that allows us to avoid this, our data shows that people are still taking risks. With the rise of social media and the world being constantly connected, the temptation to reach for our mobile phones whilst driving is greater than ever. Our data shows that it’s not just mobile phones; people are also listening to music through headphones, which can be extremely dangerous as it blocks out all external noise.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.