Distracted Driving Statistics 2019 | The Zebra

Last updated: 11-16-2019

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Distracted Driving Statistics 2019 | The Zebra

In March 2019, The Zebra conducted a survey of the driving behaviors and attitudes of 2,000 Americans.

Our study also uncovered many variations in distracted driving behavior based on the operating system of the cell phone the driver used.

16% of iPhone users said they never get distracted while driving (vs. 23% of Android users and 38% of users of other mobile operating systems). iPhone and Apple Carplay users are more than twice as likely than Android users to video-chat, use Instagram, stream shows on Netflix or Hulu, and take photos and videos while driving. 10% of iPhone users admitted watching videos on YouTube while driving, while 4% of Android users admitted to doing the same.

The following data comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Safety Council & internal reporting from The Zebra.

The phrases “driving while texting” and “driving while distracted” may seem interchangeable, but “distracted driving” encompasses much more than checking your cell phone at a stop light. Distracted driving has major ramifications related to traffic safety, violations, and insurance rates. 

If you aren't giving your full attention to the road, the cars around you, and the speed limit, you are driving distracted. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three types of distracted driving exist:

Manual distraction: when a driver takes their hands off the wheel to adjust the radio, reach for an item, or pet their dog. Visual distraction: when a driver takes their eyes off the road to look at an accident, glance at a text message, or look at their kids in the back seat. Cognitive distraction: when a driver takes their mind off the act of driving to daydream, think about a problem at work, or consider their grocery list.

These distractions may seem fairly innocuous, but a lot can happen in an instant.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), 31% of drivers are distracted by their dogs in the car. While 80% of people admitted to driving frequently with their pets, only 17% used a pet restraint, such as a seatbelt or kennel. A driver is eight times more likely to be involved in a crash when reaching for an object and three times more likely to crash while eating or drinking. texting while drivingteen drivers Distracted driving — including texting while driving — is the cause of more than 58% of crashes involving teen drivers

If these statistics are startling to you, distratched driving awareness month is every April. Consider taking next april to learn more about this epidemic thats threatening safe driving habits. 

How many people die each year due to distracted driving? Roughly, nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured daily in accidents in which at least one driver was distracted.

How does a distracted driving ticket impact car insurance rates? In 2011, a distracted driving violation raised a driver’s car insurance rates by less than 5%, equating to less than $3 per year in extra premiums. Eight years later, the same violation could raise a driver's insurance rates by $290 annually.

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