The Road Safety Authority of Ireland has announced today that from 2014, the driving test will now examine a person’s ability to use social media safely while operating a vehicle.
With the growing amount of people using social networking sites while driving, the RSA decided to include it into the test, rather than penalize people for doing so.
The majority of people on the roads now spend most of their time looking downwards at their phones. They attempt to keep a stiff neck, with a forward looking face and only move their eyes downward, thinking this will hide the fact that they are on their phones.
However it doesn’t and often people look like they are having some sort of spaz attack while doing so.
Although mobile phone use while driving is illegal, plans are being put in place to create legislation that would make it legal to use your phone, once you were on one of the approved social media sites when behind the wheel.
The RSA have conceded to the fact that updating your social media profiles is far more important than driver safety. They point out that 68% of people would rather die in a horrific car crash than go more than 20 minutes without telling people they don’t know what they are doing with their lives.
Drivers applying for their tests in 2014, must now demonstrate that they have been on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for more than 6 months before they can sit their tests.
To pass the exam drivers will now need to “Take proper precautions when moving off, stopping, overtaking, changing direction and updating social media profiles while operating their vehicle.”
It is hoped that the new tests will make driving while using your smartphone a much safer and far more engaging and social and interactive experience.