According to the annual survey conducted by State Farm, drivers continue to be in favor of laws restricting cellphone use while driving, yet they are still using them.
For seven years State Farm has surveyed consumers regarding their attitudes and behaviors when it comes to distracted driving, revealing trends over time. A number of interesting trends have been revealed:
Talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving has decreased:
- 2009 – 65 percent
- 2015 – 51 percent
Texting while driving has stayed nearly the same:
- 2009 – 31 percent
- 2015 – 36 percent
Accessing the Internet while driving has more than doubled:
- 2009 – 13 percent
- 2015 – 29 percent
Other significant increases include using GPS, reading and responding to email, and reading and updating social media networks.
In consideration of the multitude of distractions the Internet can bring to drivers, the annual survey has also been following trends in smartphone ownership over the past five years, broken into age categories. In 2015, a large majority, 88 percent, of drivers with cellphones own smartphones, and over five years the most dramatic increase has been among drivers over 40 years of age.
Read the entire survey http://www.multivu.com/players/English/72928510-state-farm-distracted-driving-survey/
Great resources on distracted driving http://www.distraction.gov/index.html