A recent Progressive Insurance study reveals that although drivers believe that distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents, they are confident in their own ability to text and drive safely. The results of distracted driving can be deadly. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,477 fatalities and 391,000 injuries from distracted driving wrecks in 2105 alone. Among talking on the phone, eating, applying makeup, or changing the radio station, texting is one of the most common activities drivers engage in that causes them to take their attention off the road.
Progressive had approximately 1,000 individuals of whom were 18 years or older participate in their national online survey. Over 65 percent of the study’s participants and 64 percent of participants between the ages of 18 to 34 believe that texting while driving is the most common cause of traffic accidents. Despite this belief, 34 percent believe that they are at least somewhat confident in their ability to text while driving.
Surprisingly, although about one third of the study participants believe that they are able to safely divide their attention between the two tasks, more than 90 percent believe that texting and driving should be illegal. Participants reported feelings of concern and irritation when seeing another driver texting and 83 percent believe that the police should be able to pull people over for texting and driving.
There was disparity between the beliefs of younger and older drivers, as well as male and female drivers. While over 60 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 34 report being confident in their ability to safely text and drive, less than six percent of those 55 and older report that same confidence. Men are generally more confident in their ability to safely text and drive than women. Regarding this ability, 21 percent of men and 11 percent of women feel “very confident.”
However, about 88 percent of men and 97 percent of women think that texting while driving should not be allowed. The business leader of usage-based insurance at Progressive notes that it is interesting how people know that texting and driving is dangerous, yet still feel as though they can safely engage in such activities. He hopes that the study will spark conversations regarding the truth about distracted driving and how it can be reduced.
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