Texting, social media, watching videos... all while driving

Most Americans admit they text and drive

October 03, 2018 - 6:32 am

(WWL.com) -- A new report finds that 73% of drivers admit to reading text messages while driving, with 54% admitting to typing on their phones behind the wheel.

DriversEd.com has released the survey. And that's just how many admit it.

The report, which examines behind-the-wheel behaviors, habits, and decisions, also shows 39% of drivers feel they use their phone more than they should.

Safety and Education Analyst from the website, Laura Adams says the research results may surprise many as to what drivers are fessing up to doing on the road.

A total of 8% of drivers admit to watching YouTube videos behind the wheel.

Adams says the research shows driver use of technology is on the rise.

"We do know that distracted driving is on the rise.  In fact, I would say it's probably more of a problem than drunk driving these days," said Adams.

A total of 18% drivers admit to checking social media behind the wheel.

Adams says there are steps that the website recommends for reducing the risk of dangers on the road.

"Having the awareness that these are dangerous behaviors and then taking the initiative to make some changes.  So this is a great time to look at your own driving behavior," says Adams.

"(Many) have been either imbibing alcohol or using marijuana while driving in the past twelve months.  So a lot of pretty shocking information here," said Adams.

Approximately 34% of drivers stated in the survey that they’re comfortable driving after having one drink. After two drinks, 19% stated they are comfortable driving.

Approximately 10% of drivers report that over a period of 12 months, they’ve driven after smoking or ingesting marijuana. 

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