Do you know if you’re driving distracted? A recent State Farm survey provide 9 ways that you might be driving distracted. Keep reading to see how you are driving distracted and statistics found during this study.
#1: Smartphone-Related Distracted Driving Behaviors are Increasing
- Using a hands-free device is used to talk on a cellphone.
- Listening to and/or programming a navigation system.
- Accessing the internet while driving.
- Using in-car wireless Internet built into a vehicle.
#2: New Dangerous Behaviors are Being Reported
- Nearly 2 in 10 drivers reported taking pictures with their cellphone while driving.
- 1 in 10 drivers reported to recording video while driving.
- 1 in 4 respondents reported attending to children while driving.
- Over 2 in 10 reported to attending to pet.
#3: You Perceive Behaviors as Distractions but You Still Participate
- Over 94% of drivers indicated that sending and/or reading text messages was at least somewhat distracting, yet 36% reported text messaging while driving.
- 9 in 10 drivers indicated programming a navigation system was at least somewhat distracting, yet over half reported doing this activity while driving.
- Nearly 3 in 10 respondents reported accessing the Internet while driving despite 95% reporting that the behavior is at least somewhat distracting.
#4: Distracted Driving Behaviors are More Common Amoung Younger Age Groups
Adults younger than 40 years of age are more likely to:
- Talk on a hand-held cellphone.
- Text on a cellphone.
- Listen to and program a navigation system.
- Access the Internet.
- Read/respond to emails.
- Read/update social media.
18-29 year old’s are more likely than those 40 or older to:
- Taking pictures.
- Recording videos.
- Using voice-command technology.
#5: These Behaviors are More Common if You Live in a Metro Areas
- Programming a Navigation System.
- Reading E-mail.
- Responding to E-mails.
#6: You Own a Smartphone
- Almost all adults under 40 have a smartphone and 70% of those 65 or older have a smartphone.
#7: Your Driving Situation Plays a Role in Your Decisions
- 63% of drivers who use their cellphone while driving reported that being reported that being stopped at a red light makes them more likely to use their cellphone.
- 1/4 of respondents are more likely to use their cellphone when driving on an open highway compared to other types of roads and traffic conditions.
#8: Drivers Support Laws Governing the Use of Cellphones while Driving
- 1/2 feel driving and cellphone use laws are infrequently enforced.
- 84% of respondents are supportive of laws prohibiting cellphone use that requires physically interacting with the cellphone.
- 61% are supportive of laws prohibiting the use of the cellphone for any activity.
#9: One of these Events is the Only Reason You would Stop Texting & Driving
- 48% – Causing a Crash
- 42% – Financial and/or Legal Consequences
- 36% – Getting Caught by Police
- 30% – Wanting to Drive as Safely as Possible & Being a Role-Model
- 22% – Knowing Someone Who Previously Caused or was involved in a Crash
- 18% – Employer penalty if caught using the phone while driving.
- 17% – Hearing/seeing a sad story about a crash resulting from text messaging.
- 13% – A law is deterrent.
- 10% – Having a family member tell me to stop.
Source: Property Casualty 360