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Smartphone, dumb drivers

Nearly one in 10 motorists admit to having had an accident as a result of using their phone while driving. Are smartphones making us dumb drivers?

Woman in a car taking a selfie while driving

As well as being used to make calls and send texts, smartphones are giving motorists access to social media apps, sat-navs and emails while driving.

Research from The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) shows that 9% of motorists have taken selfies and other photos while supposedly in control of their car.

It also seems that lads are more vain behind the wheel than the ladies - 12% of men admit taking selfies while driving vs 5% of women.

Surprisingly, it's not the youngest drivers that are guilty of using their smartphones while driving.

Whereas 27% of 18-24-year-olds admitted to using the internet at the wheel, for 25-34-year-olds this figure rises to 34%.

Sarah Sillars, chief executive officer of the IAM, said:

"Safe driving is everyone’s responsibility and more must be done to catch drivers using these devices dangerously by increasing the fines and points for smartphone and tablet use at the wheel – there is simply no excuse."

Got a smartphone? Don't be a dumb driver.

This video highlights the potential danger of using your smartphone while you're at the wheel:

21 dumb #DrivingSelfies

More than 10,000 Instagram photos have been tagged with #DrivingSelfie or #DrivingSelfies since the platform launched in 2010.

These photos often carry other hashtags like #bored, #dangerous, #safedriver, #LuckyWeDidntCrash and #LookMaNoHands.

Hundreds of these driving selfies have been shared in the last month alone. Here are just a few of them:

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