US: smartphone distraction when driving has long passed texting image

The crisis of distracted driving is becoming perpetual in the US, with the latest risk these days for the persons behind the wheel being the ubiquitous “selfie”.

According to the most recent study made by telecommunications company AT&T, the distracted driving phenomenon is now surging past the biggest threat of “yesterday” – texting, as for some people the choice might become increasingly stark: smartphone, car or life. The research revealed that 27 percent of drivers aged between 16 and 65 admitted to using social network Facebook when behind the wheel, with 14 percent also using Twitter while driving. And if you think that’s enough, there’s more: 30 percent of the Twitter passionate say they tweet while in their car “all the time”. Another 28% of the interviewed drivers say they also use the Internet and at least 10 percent of drivers admit to using Instagram and Snapchat. Skype or other video chat applications are used by 10 percent of the drivers and no less than 17 percent take selfies when behind the wheel and in traffic.

Automakers and their suppliers have been hard at work in a bid to integrate the smartphones into the infotainment systems, even with technology giants Google and Apple presenting their car-friendly versions of the mobile operating systems Android and iOS. But there’s a problem with the users actually. For example, three in five persons (62 percent) admitted their phone is always within easy reach while driving and 22 percent acknowledge they actually access their social networks while driving out of pure addiction, not necessity.