A shocking number of young Queensland drivers have confessed to using popular social media app snapchat while behind the wheel.
A study from the Queensland University of Technology found 15 per cent of 17 to 25-year-olds use the app to take a picture or video while driving.
PhD researcher Verity Truelove, from QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland, conducted the study to find out which social media platform was most commonly used by young people driving.
According to the QUT research, Snapchat is considered to be the most popular form of social media for those aged under 25. Of the six million regular Snapchat users in Australia, two million of them are aged 18 to 24.
Researcher Verity Truelove explained of the 15 per cent who used Snapchat to capture something while driving, 58 per cent said their motivation was to “immediately share a video or photo of something they had seen while they were driving”.
“The vast majority of these app users (71 per cent) said they most commonly used it while stopped at a red light, but three per cent said they most commonly used Snapchat while driving at any speed,” she explained.
While 84 per cent of drivers said they had not used Snapchat while driving 12 per cent believed doing so was “acceptable behaviour”. Ms Truelove added.