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Teenagers in the UK who use hands-free mobile phones whilst driving are taking risks that equal those of drink-driving, according to motor insurer yesinsurance.co.uk.
The insurer says that the current law relating to driving and mobile phone usage should be amended to include a ban on using hands-free phones for drivers aged under 20.
“There is a growing body of research that indicates that drinking alcohol and using a hands-free mobile phone carry similar levels of risk to drivers,” says Paul Purdy of yesinsurance.co.uk.
“Worldwide, road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among 15-19 year olds. Extending the drink-driving laws to cover all mobile phone usage for younger drivers will help us to reduce this risk,” he said.
Research conducted at the University of Sydney’s Injury Prevention and Trauma Care Division indicates that people who use their mobile phones whilst driving – including people using hands-free devices – are four times more likely to crash.
In the UK, research conducted at the Transport Research Laboratory has found that drivers talking on both hand-held and hands-free mobile phones have on average 30 per cent slower reaction times than those who have been drinking, and 50 per cent slower times than sober drivers.
Similar results were found during tests which were undertaken at the University of Utah in the United States, comparing use of hands-free phones and drinking at the UK limit.
Hands-free phones are not currently prohibited in the UK, but legal action can still be taken against drivers who have been using them, if it is believed that this has been a contributory factor in an accident.
yesinsurance.co.uk says that most of the UK’s 33 million registered drivers now have a mobile phone and many of them use it whilst driving – either legally using a hands-free kit, or illegally by holding the phone in their hand. Research studies indicate that around 24% of UK drivers occasionally use the phone whilst driving.
09 December 2008 Air Travel Is Wiping Out Benefits Of Green Motoring, Says Insurer
The insurer says that figures released at the end of last month by the Department of Transport show that petroleum use by cars has decreased over the past 10 years, despite the fact that the number of vehicles on the road has increased. (more...)
Latest research from motor insurer yesinsurance.co.uk indicates that around 100 deaths and 800 serious injuries from road accidents would be prevented each year if the UK stayed on British Summer Time (BST) during the winter. (more...)
14 August 2008 Cut Speed Limits To Stop 100 MPH Drivers, Says Motor Insurer
Spanish government environmental proposals to cut motorway speed limits to 50mph and town speeds to 25mph should be adopted in the UK, according to researchers at yesinsurance.co.uk, the UK motor insurance provider – as much in the interest of road safety as energy-saving. (more...)
Researchers at yesinsurance.co.uk, the UK motor insurance provider, say that the combination of record petrol prices and the onset of an economic downturn are about to bring about a dramatic shift towards alternative-fuel vehicles - both among consumers and manufacturers. (more...)
A large increase in thefts of catalytic converters from cars has been reported by insurer yesinsurance.co.uk.
"Catalytic converters are attractive to criminals because they are expensive, easy to access and contain rare metals such as platinum, which have been rocketing in price recently," said Paul Purdy of yesinsurance.co.uk. (more...)
Latest research on road accidents suggests that this coming weekend should be the last time Britain changes its clocks, according to one of the UK's leading motor insurers. (more...)
11 March 2008Insurer Disputes Research On Phone Use By Drivers
Latest Department of Transport figures which show a reduction in the number of drivers using mobile phones, are giving a misleading impression that road safety is improving, according to a statement issued today by motor insurer yesinsurance.co.uk. (more...)
Latest figures show that road accidents kill almost half as many motorcycle riders as car drivers and passengers, even though motorcycles account for less than 4% of vehicles on Britain's roads, according to motor insurer yesinsurance.co.uk. (more...)
11 December 2007 UK Should Move Clocks Forward To Cut Winter Road Deaths
UK road deaths could be cut by 6% - around 200 people a year - if we put clocks forward rather than back each winter, according to figures released today by insurer yesinsurance.co.uk. (more...)
27 November 2007 Drivers Waste £395 On Fuel Says Insurer
Drivers in the UK are wasting an average of £375 a year on fuel and emitting an extra 1 tonne of CO2 into the atmosphere through inefficient driving, according to a statement issued today by car insurer yesinsurance.co.uk. (more...)
7 November 2007 Fire Engines Should Be Yellow, Says Insurer
A call for UK fire engines to be painted yellow rather than red was issued today by insurance provider yesinsurance.co.uk. (more...)
23 October 2007Black Set To Replace Silver As Most Popular Car Colour
Latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) indicate that research conducted at the end of last year, which predicted that black would replace silver as the most popular car colour, is beginning to come true. (more...)
A new law preventing teenage motorists from using a mobile phone whilst driving, which was introduced last month by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, should be adapted for use in the UK, according to car insurer, yesinsurance.co.uk. (more...)
18 September 2007Hands-Free Phones Can Be As Dangerous As Drink-Driving, Says Insurer
Up to 8 million drivers in the UK may be taking risks that can equal those of drink-driving, simply by using hands-free mobile phones, according to car insurer, yesinsurance.co.uk. (more...)
Research published today indicates that 80% of UK drivers break the law on motorway speeding when driving their car, with men being far more likely to do this than women. (more...)
31 July 2007Insurer Launches Lift Sharing Scheme
As part of its drive to encourage greener motoring, insurance provider yesinsurance.co.uk today launches a campaign to encourage motorists to share their cars. (more...)
Research published today by online insurance provider yesinsurance.co.uk reveals that men think they are better drivers than women – even though statistics prove the opposite. (more...)
13 March 2007 Insurer Publishes Top Tips For Buying A Used Car
Online insurance provider yesinsurance.co.uk today publishes a list of 10 top tips for purchasing a used car. (more...)
A new campaign against global warming is launched today (20 February), as its two founders set off to compete in temperatures ranging from +40C down to -30C in the world’s hottest and coldest marathons – in the Sahara and at the North Pole. (more...)
23 January 2007Red Cars Are Safest — And Most Dangerous — Says Research
Research undertaken among 4,000 UK motorists last month by insurance provider yesinsurance.co.uk reveals confusion among drivers about which car colours are the safest. Red was voted as both the safest and most dangerous colour. (more...)
The UK’s first full-scale test of the benefits of an in-car safety camera and accident blackspot warning system is being launched on 1st February by insurance provider yesinsurance.co.uk. (more...)
9 January 2007Black Is The New Silver, Says Research On Car Colours
Whilst silver is currently the most popular colour for new cars, research conducted last month among 4,000 UK motorists reveals that it may soon be replaced by black. (more...)
05 December 2006 "Avoid New Cars," Says Insurer
For most British drivers, buying a new car is a waste of money, according to a warning issued today by insurance provider, yesinsurance.co.uk.
The company says that the immediate depreciation which a car suffers when it is driven away from the showroom, which can be up to 15% of its initial value, means that the purchaser will always make a large financial loss when they eventually come to sell it. (more...)
07 November 2006 Stern Review Prompts Insurer To Boost Support For Hybrid Vehicles
Following the launch last week of the Stern review on climate change, online insurance provider, yesinsurance.co.uk, announced today that it is increasing its contribution to the UK's first cashback scheme to encourage greener driving, which it launched last month. (more...)
01 November 2006 Research reveals drivers think their cars are human
Over half the UK population think of their car as being of a particular sex and 17% go as far as to name it, according to research results released today.
Conducted among 4,000 UK drivers by online insurer, yesinsurance.co.uk, the research reveals that over a third (36%) of the UK population think their car is female, whilst 16% say it is male.
One in twenty women say that they have given their car a name, compared with one in ten men. (more...)
04 October 2006 Research says Brits like to say "Yes"
Research conducted among 4,000 people at the end of last month by car insurer, yesinsurance.co.uk, reveals a staggering 68 per cent of Brits have had sex in a car, whilst an overwhelming 81 per cent of couples have set out on the journey of love, but have restrained themselves before going the whole distance. (more...)
03 October 2006 Insurer Launches Cashback Scheme for Hybrid Vehicles
The UK’s first cashback scheme to encourage greener driving is launched next week by the online insurance provider, yesinsurance.co.uk.
The scheme, which launches on Monday 11 September, provides a £40 incentive for owners of hybrid vehicles who take out motor insurance with yesinsurance.co.uk.
Half of the £40 incentive will be paid back to the driver of the hybrid vehicle, whilst the other half will be donated to the carbon offsetting organisation Climate Care. (more...)
01 September 2006 40% Motor Insurance Price Rises Will Encourage Shift to Online Insurers
Norwich Union's decision, announced on Wednesday, to increase motor insurance premiums by up to 40%, means that drivers' opportunities to save significant amounts of money by shopping around, particularly on the internet, will increase, according to yesinsurance.co.uk. (more...)
23 August 2006 Long Tail Theory Will Benefit Personal Finance Sector
A new theory, which predicts massive changes in retail markets as a result of the spread of technology, has significant implications for the personal finance sector, according to Paul Purdy, head of marketing at online insurance provider, yesinsurance.co.uk.
The theory of the Long Tail is outlined by Wired editor–in–chief Chris Anderson in his recently-published book of the same name, which has been hailed as an important pointer to the way business will be conducted in the digital age. (more...)
08 August 2006 Insurer Lists Tips for Environmental Driving
With many drivers setting off by car on their holidays in August, online insurance provider yesinsurance.co.uk today publishes a list of ten top tips for reducing the environmental impact – and cost – of motoring. (more...)