Survey: 21% Access The Web While Driving

November 20, 2012 9:05 AM

Survey: 21% Access The Web While Driving

" Holiday driving is a terrible thing. Between the stress of added traffic and anxiety about spending hours at a dinner table with obnoxious in-laws, many motorists are in lousy moods.

To make matters worse, a new State Farm study indicates that a growing number of drivers aren’t paying attention to the road.

State Farm’s annual distracted-driving survey was conducted in July of this year. Responses were collected from roughly 1,000 U.S. drivers 18 years of age and older, all of whom owned a cell phone and drove between one and 80 hours each week.

The survey paints a fairly grim picture of distracted driving in America. Among State Farm’s key findings:

The percentage of drivers who access the web on their cell phones has jumped from 13% in 2009 to 21% in 2012. More than half of those who use the internet behind the wheel are updating their statuses on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. That group constituted 9% of all drivers in 2009, rising to 13% this year. Even checking their news feeds has become more popular with drivers "

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