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by Annie Carlin on Mar 26, 2013

Distracted driving is more prevalent in the U.S. than in Europe.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed and found that nearly 69 percent of U.S. drivers admitted to talking on a cellphone while driving within the past 30 days.  In addition a significantly larger number of U.S. drivers also reported to reading and responding to texts and emails while driving.

The study surveyed drivers from the age of 18-64 in the U.S., Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.  The study was conducted online and it illustrated that more than two-thirds of U.S. drivers reported cellphone use and a third had reported texting or emailing.  There were no significant difference between men and women in regard to type usage on a cellphone. A higher percentage of 25-44 year old men and women reported talking on a cell phone while driving than those ages 55-64.  Drivers aged 18 to 34 year old men and women reported a higher frequency of reading, sending text or email messages than those drivers ages 45-64. 

Too many people are driving distracted.  There is an insane amount of claims paid out every year due to automobile accidents because the driver wasn’t paying attention to the road but rather to their cell phone.  The safer we are as driver’s results in fewer claims filed, which in turn lowers premiums.  It is in everyone’s best interest to put your cell phone down and drive.


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