In fact, there’s a 10% chance that kid in the car next to you is video chatting, a 27% chance he’s checking Facebook, perhaps while simultaneously snapping a selfie (17%) and posting it to Instagram (14%). Impossible, you may say, but not very far from the truth.
The findings are troubling. Seven out of 10 people surveyed admitted they use their smartphone while driving for a variety of reasons, mostly to do with social media.
Smartphone activities people say they do while driving:
- Text – 61%
- Email – 33%
- Surf the net – 28%
- Facebook – 27%
- Snap a selfie/photo – 17%
- Twitter – 14%
- Instagram – 14%
- Shoot a video – 12%
- Snapchat – 11%
- Video Chat – 10%
22% who access social networks while driving cite addiction as a reason.
The research also found that 62% surveyed say they keep their smartphones within easy reach while driving, 30% of people who post to Twitter while driving do it “all the time.”, 22% who access social networks while driving cite addiction as a reason, and ofthose who shoot videos behind the wheel, 27% think they can do it safely while driving.
AT&T commissioned the survey to support its ongoing It Can Wait campaign, which aims to increase awareness of the hazards of distracted driving.
Distracted driving outpaces impaired driving as cause of fatal car crashes in B.C.
According to ICBC, distracted driving causes about a quarter of all car crash fatalities in B.C., making it the second-leading cause of motor vehicle fatalities in B.C., behind speeding and ahead of impaired driving.