More than 50% of young drivers access the Web while driving

Posted on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 , 08:11:49 byVeronica

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More than 50% of young drivers access the Web while driving

We should all know that driving is an activity that requires our full attention all the time and not just a part. According to US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, distracted driving is the cause for 3.092 deaths and 400.000 injuries in road accidents in 2010. Unfortunately, the bad news is that that was not an isolate situation, but that these numbers begin to increase with time. Everyone should know driving is not a toy; it is not something to play around with.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, insurance company and actually the largest seller of auto coverage in the country offered a report and the results indicated that 48% of drivers aged between 18 and 30 years old access the Web while driving. This is very serious because it is a very dangerous thing to do. 48% is an incredible percentage and apparently technology has part of the blame. The fast expansion of mobile devices like smart phones made young drivers to use them while driving. To make a better idea, according to Apple, sales of their iPhone have increased by 81% in 2011 in comparison with the year before.

A survey was made this last July and showed that reading social media while behind the wheel has increased from 21% in 2011 to 36% this year for drivers aged 18 to 29. The ones checking their emails have increased from 32 to 43 percent. The situation is even more serious taking into consideration that in 35 states and DC is illegal to use handheld cell phones while driving. Technology researches have been trying to find a software solution to disable cell phone use while driving. The National Transportation Safety Board is also trying to ban every mobile device in all 50 states and so let us hope their efforts work.