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Drivers prove dangers of using mobile phones

COMPANY car drivers at an award-winning fleet have proved it is unsafe to use a mobile phone and drive at the same time. Permabond, a division of the ICI Group, has tested its 19 fleet drivers to see how their ability to drive is impaired because of using a mobile phone.

The test was the idea of Permabond's market segment manager Andy Price - the winner of the fleet risk management award at last year's Fleet News Awards for his DriveSafe Initiative to create a culture of zero accidents. For the test, drivers were sent on a mock road course and their average speed recorded. They were then sent out again while speaking on a mobile phone and were asked basic questions about the business.

Of the 19 drivers involved, 18 recorded a slower average speed while on a mobile telephone. The one driver who did record a faster average speed was unable to answer any of the questions asked. While on the phone, eight drivers had 'accidents', including taking a roundabout the wrong way, running wide on a roundabout, hitting a tyre and a cone and driving into a roundabout. Only six managed to answer all of the questions, with the remainder struggling to answer some or any of the them.

Price said: 'The blanket ban on mobile telephones may reduce employees' efficiency slightly but we would rather have them alive. Drivers should take regular breaks so they can pick up any messages.'

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