“There was a tendency to reduce speed to use the smartphone, however this did not prevent driving performance from deteriorating,” noted the study.

“The results clearly show that using Facebook via a smartphone while driving is dangerous.” In fact, the study revealed, in terms of reaction times to hazards, that using a smartphone on the move ranks only behind making a call on a hand-held phone which, previous studies show, delays reactions by nearly 46 per cent, compared to nearly 38 per cent for those concentrating on, say, a Facebook page.

Peter Rodger, the IAM’s chief examiner, said: “The precise time of an accident, to within a few seconds, can be very difficult to establish so proving that a phone was in use before the crash, rather than just afterwards, can be tricky.” So official government figures attributing 1,690 injury road accidents (including 110 fatal accidents) to mobile phone use between 20 might be only the tip of the iceberg.

And it seems to have spawned a generation that can’t bear to be out of touch, electronically at least.

Worryingly, nearly one quarter (24 per cent) of motorists aged 17 to 24 now admit to accessing email or social-networking sites from their phones while driving, according to RAC figures.

Traffic queues are nothing new, either, the images show. Holiday attire has definitely changed and one picture shows horse drawn beach huts in Blackpool - not a seaside sight these days. The date is unspecified, however these beach huts on wheels (which were pulled into the sea by horses) were popular in Victorian times as they allowed women to completely preserve their modesty while enjoying the surf By enjoying a staycation in the UK, today's Brits have plenty in common with previous generations who would flock to seaside towns for their holidays as far back as Victorian times.

On the left, a woman has fun dressing up in a grass skirt at Wick Ferry Holiday Camp in 1955.

Typefaces from 2017: Neato Serif, Highest Praise (brush script), Citrus Gothic, Bakerie (42 hand-drawn typefaces), Trailmade, Farmhand (Farmhand is a textured, hand drawn, condensed font family featuring serif, sans, inline, italic, and extras styles suited for display titling), Garlic Salt, Likely (brush script), Likely Sans, Active (an upright brush script).

Font Structor, who made the octagonal typeface Ladd Block (2011). His commercial typefaces include Cut Block (2012: white-on-black sketched letters), Tape Back (2012), Inked Balterm (2011, a monoline hand-drawn sans with ball terminals added in) and Inked Classic (2011, blackboard bold). Typefaces from 2016: Oilvare (an 18-style layered font family), Cheddar Gothic (hand-crafted letterpress emulation family).“You may get away with it for a while but if you do it consistently, you will have an accident.” A new IAM report based on the research, “Don’t Poke Me I’m Driving”, suggests that the phenomenon could be responsible for hundreds of “unexplained” accidents each year, adding that the true scale of the problem remains masked, as it is notoriously difficult for police to establish if a driver has been using a phone before a collision.Police usually only report collisions where someone has been injured, and mobile phone users often slow down to compensate for their unsafe behaviour, which means their actions cause less severe crashes – leading to a lower level of reporting.I’m at the wheel of a blue Honda Civic on the motorway and things aren’t going well.I swerved up the steep grassy embankment on my left, narrowly missed the barrier on my right and nudged the Mitsubishi Shogun in front. Possibly, but it’s not alcohol that’s to blame; it’s an altogether more 21st-century addiction – I gave in to the lure of Facebook and was updating my status on my smartphone at the time.By contrast, there was a 37 per cent delay in reactions for those texting, 26 per cent for those making a hands-free call, 21 per cent for those on cannabis and 12 per cent for those at the UK alcohol drink-drive limit.