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One in Six Young People Use Snapchat while Driving

For the study published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

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But 15 per cent of those surveyed said they had used their phone to send a video or photo via Snapchat at the same time. Pixabay

While people do not pay heed not to use smartphones while behind the wheels, Snapchat has emerged as the biggest culprit, with researchers now reporting that one in six young people use the photo-sharing app while driving.

For a few, the Snapchat use only involved looking at, or replying to, other people’s messages. But 15 per cent of those surveyed said they had used their phone to send a video or photo via Snapchat at the same time as controlling their vehicle.

For the study published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) surveyed 503 Queensland drivers aged 17 to 25 about using the popular social media app on the road.

Researcher Verity Truelove found that 16 per cent of survey respondents confessed to using the Snapchat on their mobile phone when driving.

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For a few, the Snapchat use only involved looking at, or replying to, other people’s messages. Pixabay

“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,” Truelove added.

She said that 84 per cent of the surveyed drivers said they did not use Snapchat on the road, and only 12 per cent thought it was acceptable behaviour.

“But the majority of survey respondents (69 per cent) said they knew of someone who did send videos or photos of Snapchat while driving,” she added.

The overall study aimed to investigate the types of social media most used by young people while driving, and also what was most likely to deter them from this behaviour.

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It included in-person focus groups with 60 drivers aged 17 to 25 – which found Snapchat was overwhelmingly the most popular social media platform used in the car – followed by the larger survey.

“Looking across the survey and focus groups we conducted, a common theme was that the drivers who used Snapchat thought it was a relatively safe practice because they used it at times they perceived to be low risk, such as when they were stopped at traffic lights,” she said.

This is an encouraging result in some ways – and consistent with other QUT studies that have looked at wider phone use — as “it indicates young drivers are trying to self-regulate their behaviour and only use their phone in low-risk situations”.

During the focus groups held as part of the study, many drivers shared story about their friends and themselves, with several citing Snapchat’s speed filter (which identifies and superimposes the speed a vehicle is travelling over a photo). (IANS)

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Over 90,000 Drivers Benefit From Uber’s Driver Welfare Programme

According to Uber, till date, micro-loans worth Rs 35.6 crore have been facilitated for thousands of drivers

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As part of socio-economic initiatives, the programme by Uber also considers education, basic needs, creating opportunities for making money and the social system, among others. Wikimedia Commons

Global ride hailing giant Uber on Thursday announced over 90,000 drivers have benefitted from its driver welfare programme — Uber Care — in one year.

Launched in 2018, Uber Care provides easy access to life insurance, family health insurance, micro-loan, etc to drivers. The top five cities where the maximum number of drivers were impacted are Delhi, Bangaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune.

“At Uber, we believe our role doesn’t end at creating opportunities by providing a platform to drivers. We have created a community of millions of drivers, and we continue to engage with them with a view to providing them with more to enrich their lives,” Pavan Vaish, Head of Central Operations, Uber India SA, said in a statement.

As part of socio-economic initiatives, the programme also considers education, basic needs, creating opportunities for making money and the social system, among others.

Health initiatives include medical check ups, and treatments of drivers and their families.

“Through our driver welfare arm, Uber Care, we have been successful in supporting and empowering thousands of drivers with improved access to life and health insurance, financial support, children’s education, and medical consultations.

“As we move ahead, we envision further strengthening access and impact of Uber Care, thereby enhancing drivers’ overall well being on and off the road,” he added.

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Global ride hailing giant Uber on Thursday announced over 90,000 drivers have benefitted from its driver welfare programme — Uber Care — in one year. Wikimedia Commons

According to Uber, till date, micro-loans worth Rs 35.6 crore have been facilitated for thousands of drivers.

As part of Uber Kifayat, 34,000 car servicing packages have been facilitated, thus, resulting in overall savings worth Rs 95 lakh.

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The ride hailing major has also partnered with NGOs and experts to make the right to education more accessible to drivers’ children. (IANS)