New Study Reveals Distracted Driving is Increasing Dramatically

April 2, 2019 Distracted Driving

Vehicle collisions caused by distracted driving kill at least nine Americans, and injure 100 more, every day. The National Safety Council established April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Observing Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April provides a chance to acknowledge the dangers of distracted driving, and eliminate many preventable injuries and tragic deaths.

The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently published the results of a new survey on distracted driving in the United States. According to the results, using a cellphone while driving is up 57% percent over the previous survey.

Looking at the Results

During 2017, research from IIHS indicates cellphone use was a contributing factor in more than 800 traffic deaths on U.S. roads. The organization’s roadside survey tells us drivers were 57% more likely to use a cellphone as opposed to drivers in a 2014 survey.

The number of drivers seen using their cellphone increased from 2.3 percent in 2014 to 3.4 percent in 2018. At the same time, a 2018 nationwide survey from the Foundation for Traffic Safety, part of the American Automobile Association (AAA), found 64% of survey respondents indicate distracted driving is a more serious problem three years ago.

Identifying Distractions

Some 23% of drivers observed were engaged in one or more distracting activities other than cellphone use. These included:

  • Changing Controls on the Car’s Audio System
  • Adjusting Climate-Control Systems
  • Using Electronic Devices
  • Talking or Singing While Driving
  • Operating Other Vehicle Systems
  • Eating or Drinking While Driving
  • Personal Grooming While Driving
  • Reading Printed Materials

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