State Farm has released its annual research report on distracted driving, and not a moment too soon. As we hit the roads this holiday season, it is more important than ever to be mindful of drivers around you, especially those who might not be paying as much attention as they should be.
Texting and driving has been a concern for many years, but an entirely new concern has surfaced since most cell phones now have internet browsing capability: Webbing and driving. Four years of data shows a significant increase in the number of people accessing the internet while driving- scary stuff, right?
It’s no surprise that the brunt of distracted driving falls mostly on young adults, but data indicates motorists of all age groups are using the web while driving. In general, accessing the internet while driving across all age groups, increased from 13% in 2009 to 21% in 2012.
Across many states, laws are being implemented banning the use of cell phones without hand-free devices in cars, however almost two-thirds of people believe this is not enough. Some companies are considering technology that would limit the ability to use a cell phone while the vehicle is moving. 45% of people surveyed were likely to support this type of technology.
This holiday season, put your phones away and watch out for others who may not have taken the same precautions.