24% of Drivers Surf the Web While Driving

A recent poll presented by USA Today shows that drivers are surfing the web while driving more than ever before. According to the poll, the number of people who have read an email on their phone while driving has increased by 3% since 2011 (21% – 24%) and 16% have responded to an e-mail on their cell phone while driving, up 1% from 2011. 24% of drivers access the Internet on their cell phone while driving and 17% of people in the poll have opened their social media networks while driving, up from 14% in 2011. The poll also showed the percentage of drivers who talk or text on cell phones while driving. 18-29-year-olds were the worst offenders. Approximately 70% of people in this age group admitted to texting while driving and approximately 75% admitted to talking on the phone while driving. Although young drivers are among the worst offenders, 50% of drivers 30-39, 31% of drivers 40-49 and 19% of drivers 50-64 said they have texted while driving. According to the study, sending a text message is the most distracting activity to engage in while driving, followed by reading a text message. Texting and driving is extremely dangerous not only to you as the offender but also to other drivers around you. Never text and drive and help us spread the word about the dangers of texting while driving. If you would like us to speak at your child’s school as part of our anti-texting and driving campaign, contact us or learn more here.