Students still acting like they can’t die
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.