Even if this is commonsense, drivers are still ignoring the risks associated with multi-tasking behind the wheel, a new study warns.
Using a phone while driving is still the primary preoccupation of the most US motorists, even if they are well aware of the risks and in total disregard of states laws that ban such activities. The latest Distracted Driving Awareness survey made by Kelley Blue Book reveals that 61 percent of drivers continue to multi-task. Almost half of them – 47 percent – admitted they have used their phone while driving on roads or residential streets, 40 percent have used their phones while cruising the highway and 86 percent have used their phone while at a stop light or in heavy traffic. Talking on the phone and using the navigation system were evidently the highest rated activities, reported with 78 percent and 71 percent, respectively. Texting came in third with 67 percent, followed by using music apps with 47 percent and using social media for 31 percent.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 25 percent of all traffic accidents involve some form of distraction from the drivers, and those under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. In fact, nearly three quarters of survey respondents (71 percent) believe that using a cell phone is the biggest threat facing today’s young drivers, with drinking and driving (18 percent) and reckless driving (10 percent) rating as a distant second and third.