Break the Habit
The Industry Road Safety Alliance South West has adapted a series of cognitive brain tests that aim to help drivers break this dangerous habit.
Drivers distracted by their phone can experience difficulty staying in their lane, slower reactions and braking and less awareness of their surroundings.
Texting or talking on the phone can reduce your field of vision and impair your ability to judge distances and gaps in traffic. Drivers can fail to see up to half of the things that they would have seen had they not been talking on the phone.
The odds of getting into a crash are four times higher when using a phone while driving, which is equivalent to the risk of driving at a blood alcohol level of 0.08.
And the odds of crashing while texting are eight times higher than driving without distraction.