Mobile phone use among hated habits
Mature-aged regional drivers are more likely to lose their temper over seeing fellow road users on their phones than they would being stuck behind lane-hoggers or slow drivers.
Statistics compiled by Seven West Media’s Drivers’ Voice revealed nearly one-third of respondents above the age of 55 in regional WA rated mobile phone use as the No.1 factor likely to make them lose their temper, and 80 per cent placed it in the top five.
Drivers aged between 17 and 24 were half as likely to be angered by other drivers using mobile phones as those aged over 55.
Among regional 55 to 64-yearolds 69 per cent rated mobile phone use as one of the three biggest safety issues on our roads, compared to 49 per cent of 17 to 24-year-olds.
Acting WA Road Safety Commissioner Teresa Williams said the survey showed many young drivers still believed being connected to their world was more desirable than safety.
“There isn’t a phone call, a text, a social media post that can’t wait until you’ve reached your destination and you’re out of your vehicle,” she said.
About 63 per cent of drivers in regional WA admitted to using their mobile phone while driving, with 7 per cent describing themselves as frequent users.
The main culprit was use of navigation aids such as Google Maps, but about 20 per cent of drivers admitted to text messaging, phone calls and choosing music.
Regional drivers fared slightly better than their metro counterparts, where 69 per cent said they used their phone behind the wheel.
About 40 per cent of regional drivers supported a ban on all calls into and out of cars, compared with 33 per cent of metro drivers.
In regional WA 63 per cent of drivers have admitted to using their mobile phones.