Fleets and drivers have shown contrasting views towards telephones and technology in modern vehicles.
Drivers are underplaying the dangers of chatting on a mobile while driving, according to Warrantywise’s latest survey.
Only 9% saw chatting on a phone as dangerous while driving and viewed the most serious offence was drunk driving with 67% of respondents listing this top. Even ignoring traffic lights was considered more criminal by 10% of those questioned, than calling someone.
Other results were driving too fast reported by 5%, smoking and eating behind the wheel polled 2% along with dangerous overtaking and driving too slowly.
Richard Hodges, marketing manager at Warrantywise, said, “We are always interested to hear the views of motorists, but we are surprised that so few see the use of mobile phones while driving a serious problem.”
People using a mobile device are a key target for police after fines were doubled. Drivers caught using their devices in the car even if they are stopped at traffic lights or queuing can face a £100 fine and three points.
Breaking down some of the lower offences, 70% of people admit to eating behind the wheel, yet only 2% of people surveyed consider this to be dangerous.
At the same time the BVRLA questioned the fleet industry’s attitude to technology.
Some 45% of fleets consider themselves to be early adopters of technology while 47% considered themselves cautious, while just 8% felt they were stragglers.
While 20% of fleets believe connectivity and smartphone integration is very important at the moment, 61% say it will be very important in five years’ time.
Gerry Keaney, BVRLA chief executive said, “The knowledge, expertise and buying power of the rental and leasing sector means that it will be at the heart of this revolution and some of the things that used to drive vehicle choice such as driving performance, comfort and design are rapidly becoming less important.”
Driverless cars and alternatively-powered vehicles have the potential for the greatest positive impact on the industry and fatigue warning devices were cited as the most important safety technology.
Cost is a key factor with 55% saying they wouldn’t be wiling to pay for extra technology, and 27% would pay up to £500.