A recent study that has been conducted by the RAC has shown that sending e-mails and text messages while driving is significantly more distracting than being intoxicated. The survey showed that those who were text messaging showed much more impairment with reaction time being slowed around 33 percent. Furthermore steering ability was reduced in 90 percent of the drivers.
Previous studies have highlighted this problem as well, and it goes to show how much of a significant problem using a mobile phone while driving is. The study by RAC also showed that around one quarter of people send text messages while driving. The figures are very similar to studies that have been conducted in other European countries about the use of mobile phones when driving.
The study highlights that using a mobile phone while driving is very negligent and drivers who do it are putting their own lives, as well as the lives of others in danger. In women who are under 35, the leading cause of death is road accidents, something that could be cut down if people did not text while driving.