Is Texting and Driving an Addiction? Most People Admit: “Yes”

Distracted driving has become as common as the term itself. While you’d be hard-pressed to find an American adult who hasn’t glanced down to check a text, scrolled through Instagram at a stop light, or replied to an email while behind the wheel - most of us know this is a dangerous behavior. If caught using a phone while driving, you’re in for a ticket from the police and a penalty from your car insurance company (about$290 more per year,on average, added to your car insurance policy).


We polled drivers nationwide to understand their habits and thoughts on this behavior. We learned how guilty they feel using a phone, and how common it is to be in a car as a passenger where the driver is distracted. Not to mention some of the wackiest things our survey respondents have witnessed other drivers doing on the road.


What Americans Are Doing in Their Cars

  • 73% of respondents who admitted to texting and driving agree that this risky act can be classified as an addiction

  • 80% of people in this group agree that it’s equally as dangerous as drinking and driving

  • 7 in 10 Americans (71%) agree that technological features within their vehicle, such as touch screens and navigation, distract them while driving


What other obscure (non driving) things are people doing in their cars?

  • Taking photos 25%)

  • Handling pets (24%)

  • Entertaining children (21%)

  • Taking videos (13%)

  • Video-chatting (11%)


Americans also admitted to doing some obscure activities while behind the wheel including clipping nails, changing clothes, carving fruit and even having sex.


Millennial Drivers

  • 78% of the national population who get distracted while driving

  • Millennials lead the pack, with 88% admitting the same

  • 37% of Millennials said they feel high degree of pressure to respond to work related messages while driving, compared to the national average, at 25%


Millennials admit to the following bad behavior behind the road:

  • Texting (59%)

  • Entertaining Children (28%)

  • Browsing on Facebook (29%)

  • Posting on Facebook (15%)

  • Reading (19%)

  • Answering work emails (14%)


iPhone Or Android: It Matters Behind The Wheel

Apple users appear to be more addicted to their mobile devices, as they’re more prone to text, take photos, video-chat and more while driving, as compared to Android users.


Activity

iPhone OS

Android OS

Texting

51%

35%

Taking Photos

33%

23%

Taking Videos

20%

10%

Video-Chatting

17%

8%

Browse Facebook

15%

9%

Browse Instagram

12%

4%

Watch videos on YouTube

10%

6%

Post on Instagram

8%

3%

Stream shows on Netflix, Hulu, etc.

8%

4%


Passenger Safety

  • 1 in 2 (46%) Americans admit to having been a passenger in a car where the driver was intoxicated

  • 66% of drivers say they’re more likely to pay attention to the road when they have passengers in their vehicles

  • 75% of Americans reported having been a passenger in a car where the driver was texting, emailing and/or browsing on their mobile device