Three in one use cell while driving: survey

Indians are posing a serious threat on the road, with three in every five admitting that they use mobile phones while driving, according to a survey by Nissan India and Kantar IMRB.

North India leads with 62% of all people using phones while driving, while in the south it is 52%.

At the same time, only 1 in 4 Indians admitted that they have been caught by cops breaking this law.

Over-speeding additionally posed another problem, as 60% of respondents admitted to over-speeding in Kerala, followed by 51% in Delhi, and 28% in Punjab.

When it comes to trust, a large percentage of women respondents (nearly 64%) trust their spouse when it comes to driving, as against just the 37% of men who could say the same.

The survey also identified the increased need for vigilance as respondents (72% in Tamil Nadu, 70% in Kerala, 57% in Punjab and 66% in Delhi NCR), said that they would always want to monitor their children while they are driving.

Jerome Saigot, managing director, Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd said, "The findings of the Nissan Connected Families of India survey have not only revealed some startling facts but also raised a need for in-car technology and connectivity for safety of the loved ones. This has been further affirmed by the fact that 53% respondents expressed the desire to be connected to their family even while driving".

Apart from trust and vigilance, the survey highlighted interesting patterns in India's driving habits.

About 68% Indians confessed to always getting lost while driving to a new place, often leaving their families worried and anxious.

Moreover, nearly 64% of the respondents admitted to getting late for meetings. This trend varied from north to south, as 65% respondents in Kerala conceded to failing in keeping time commitments as opposed to the 48% in Punjab.

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