At this point, the majority of Americans are aware that distracted driving is dangerous, and can have live-changing consequences. Unfortunately, people just don’t seem to care. A new study by Travelers Companies entitled “2019 Travelers Risk Index” found several data points that should be very alarming for those of us trying to save safe on the road.
First, let’s start with what exactly we mean when we use the phrase distracted driving. For the purposes of their study, Travelers defined distracted driving as drivers engaging in behaviours like: texting, shopping, using social media and recording or taking photos while operating a motor vehicle.
According to the study, this is the general breakdown of those activities amongst people who admit to distracted driving:
- ping a text or email (44%)
- Using social media (23%)
- Recording videos or taking photos (22%)
- Shopping online (15%)
As if the fact that people are actually shopping while driving is not alarming enough, the study found that eight out of ten drivers talk on the phone while driving. Of those people an astounding 30% admitted to almost getting into an action as a result of their actions.
Chris Hayes, second vice president of Transportation, Risk Control at Travelers, spoke with the Insurance Journal about the study’s findings. “It’s startling to see that drivers continue to engage in potentially life-threatening habits,” said Chris, “Whether driving for work or on personal time, many drivers overlook risks that make our roads more dangerous for all of us.”
So what is the solution? Unfortunately, it looks as though there is no real end in sight. According to the respondents 19% said they would continue to drive distracted, no matter what the law says.
Distracted driving puts yourself, and anyone else around you at risk. There is no text, phone conversation or photo worth that risk. If you are driving, keep your eyes on the road.