Stu­dents still act­ing like they can’t die

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

A SUR­VEY of univer­sity stu­dents in Eng­land show many drive while us­ing their mo­bile phones, most break the speed limit, and a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber also drink and drive.

The sur­vey, which was com­mis­sioned by Ford, shows that world­wide, car crashes are the lead­ing cause of death among young peo­ple, and in Europe, young peo­ple are al­most twice as likely to be killed on roads com­pared with the av­er­age per­son.

Of those sur­veyed, 43% ad­mit­ted send­ing texts, 38% swipe through apps, and 36% take calls. Also, 60% speed and 13% drink drive. By com­par­i­son, of those who left school at 18, 45% ad­mit­ted speed­ing, nine per­cent drink driv­ing, and 41% us­ing their mo­bile phones while driv­ing.

The find­ings of the sur­vey of 2 313 young peo­ple, who ei­ther study at univer­sity or left school at 18, were pub­lished as stu­dents across Europe pre­pare for Fresh­ers’ Week, when new un­der­grad­u­ates tra­di­tion­ally be­gin a heady round of par­ty­ing to mark the start of their univer­sity life.

Over­all, 30% of univer­sity stu­dents ad­mit­ted they had been in an ac­ci­dent, com­pared with 25% of those who left school at 18. Of those sur­veyed, 48% said they would be tempted to drive a car over­loaded with friends, 75% would be tempted to drive af­ter lit­tle or no sleep, and 28% would be tempted to get into a car driven by some­one they knew had been drink­ing.

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