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Many check Facebook 'while driving'

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A new survey has revealed erratic habits among British motorists.

According to the study conducted by Confused.com, more than a quarter (27%) of motorists have admitted logging on to Facebook while driving.

A fifth of motorists cannot stay away from checking their mobile devices for more than 15 minutes, whereas nearly two in five motorists check their phones while driving, the research said.

The survey, which spoke to 2,000 motorists from across the UK, also found that 21% of drivers use their phones when they are held up at traffic lights and 15% make it a point to catch up on work calls or emails when stuck in traffic.

The majority of drivers (75%) are aware of the penalty for using a phone while driving. Road offences will lead to penalty points on a driving licence which could cause motorists to face higher car insurance premiums.

"Our research shows that although people are aware of the consequences involved, they struggle to tear themselves away from their mobile phones and social media. Using these devices while driving is incredibly dangerous," said Gareth Kloet, head of car insurance at Confused.com.

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