Distracted Driving and Teens: It’s Not Just Texting Anymore

What example are you setting for your teen driver?

When we talk about distracted driving many assume we are speaking of texting and driving, however it expands a lot further than that.

Now teens are actually updating their social networking sites and surfing the web while driving!

State Farm’s recent research shows that drivers are accessing mobile web services at much higher rates than just texting. These distracted driving behaviors may be more problematic than texting. In fact, the study showed that texting while driving was flat or decreasing in some instances. For drivers 18-29, 71 percent said they engaged in texting while driving in 2009. That number dropped to 64 percent in 2011.

For drivers 18-29:

  • Accessing the internet while on a cell phone while driving increased from 29 percent in 2009 to 43 percent in 2011.
  • Reading social media networks while driving increased from 21 percent in 2009 to 37 percent in 2011.
  • Updating social networks while driving increased from 20 percent in 2009 to 33 percent in 2011.

And this just isn’t young drivers! For all drivers, the data showed that accessing the internet while on a cell phone increased from 13 percent in 2009 to 18 percent in 2011.

Again, what example are you setting for your teen drivers?

Sources: State Farm Insurance, Safe Teen Driving Club

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