Many drivers in Florida and other states are aware that driving while distracted is something they shouldn’t be doing. Yet, according to a study presented by an insurance company that rewards motorists for not using their phones when behind the wheel, many drivers still routinely drive and use their devices. In fact, drivers questioned admitted to using their devices while driving about 91 minutes per week.
Roughly 2 in 5 drivers who do check their mobile devices while driving said they don’t even put them away if they see law enforcement officials around. However, nearly all motorists surveyed considered phone use to be one of the top forms of distracted driving. Specific phone-related activities likely to keep drivers from giving their full attention to the road include email chains with multiple people and other forms of group chat, memes, newsfeeds, and other social media-related activities, and looking at streaming video content.
Drivers surveyed also displayed intolerance for distracted driving behaviors seen in others – even though they may do the same thing themselves. For instance, nearly 90 percent of drivers questioned said they would give a ride-share driver a bad rating for driving and texting. The study also identified other activities that sometimes divert drivers’ attention. Some of these include shaving, hair combing, and other forms of grooming, playing with pets, and changing clothes while driving. And younger drivers 18-24 used their devices an average of 20 times per 100 miles driven.
Ironically, the same technology that distracts drivers may also be used to prove negligence when an accident occurs. A car accident lawyer sometimes accesses device data to determine if a driver was using a phone or similar device in some way just before a crash took place. An attorney may identify other possible forms of driver distraction by looking at traffic cam footage or interviewing accident witnesses.