Turns out, a horrifying number of people use their phones while driving

Wired:

A new study indicates that damn near everybody uses their phone while behind the wheel, damn near all the time. Using sensor data from more than 3 million drivers and 5.6 billion miles of trips, driving analytics company Zendrive found drivers are using their phones on 88 percent of their journeys. The average driver spends 3.5 minutes on the phone per one hour trip, a stat that sounds worse when you realize just a two-second distraction increases your risk of crashing by 20 percent.

As a motorcyclist, I experience this on a regular basis and it really is terrifying. Please, don’t text and drive.



  • Mo

    When I’m not a pedestrian, I’m a passenger. I’m just as terrified.

  • SockRolid

    Dash cam. So your estate can sue the distracted driver’s estate.

  • James Hughes

    I see this all the time too. Lately I have seen people actually holding the phone above the steering wheel and oftentimes when I think I am behind some slow older driver it turns out to be some young driver reading something on his or her phone, barely staying in the lane. It’s getting worse everyday.

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  • JimCracky

    I see it all the time. All the time. And texting and driving is still a thing. I see that all the time.

    There needs to be a death ray feature that senses motion, foot on gas pedal and phone held in hand to shoot a laser beam through the idiot’s skull

    • Mo

      Coupled with a dead-man’s switch that allows autonomous pilot to take over.

      • James Hughes

        Or total disintegration.

  • Meaux

    “Using sensor data from more than 3 million drivers and 5.6 billion miles of trips, driving analytics company Zendrive found drivers are using their phones on 88 percent of their journeys”

    How much of this is mapping, changing tracks, etc?

  • I use my phone a lot while driving, hands and eyes off. My truck has bluetooth so the phone is in a pocket or plugged into a USB cable and out of sight.

    I use Siri, I’m playing music via bluetooth, I’m getting and responding to texts via Siri and the bluetooth system in the truck. All of this without touching or seeing the phone or looking at the truck’s visual display.

    If somehow I have to interact with the phone I pull over but as I adapt to an audio-only environment in the truck, that’s less and less. It’s far from perfect and sometimes I just leave it be but for the most part it works quite well.

  • Kriztyan

    At this point is really easy to discern who is using a device while driving. It is infuriating. Erratic driving, slower than the flow of traffic. Does not move when green light comes on. I just don’t quite understand, why can’t it wait? What is so seemingly important that people risk there wellbeing and that of others to look at and interact with a device?

    I have hands free feature in my car for the past 8 years. This feature was very influential in what vehicle I purchased. I can make calls, answer calls and not touch my iPhone or take my hands off the wheel. I don’t attempt to look up people to call unless I am completely stopped. I will take a call while the car is in motion. But if there is heavy traffic and my full attention is required, be it because of the weather or a busy intersection, I will refrain from talking and place my full attention on driving.

  • Khashayar Sahebkar

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=driving+iran Watch any of these. We drive like this in Iran and text 😀 And it works out fine!