A recent study done by ValuePenguin revealed that young women and iPhone users are more likely to be distracted by their phones while driving than all other drivers on the road.
Distracted driving is a major cause of most car accidents. While 41 states have outlawed texting and driving, nine states still have yet to pass complete legislation. Six states have limited use and three states (Arizona, Montana and South Carolina) still have no law stopping drivers from texting in the driver’s seat.
You’re More Likely to Have an Accident When Using Your Cell Phone
The survey specifically asked about how and when people are using apps, writing or reading emails, texting or gaming while driving. It didn't look at using cell phones to make and take calls while driving. Nonetheless, in the survey 23 percent of the drivers admitted to using a phone while driving. That's nearly one in every four drivers.
The study also found that for teenagers with smart phones, texting and driving has become a greater hazard than drinking and driving.
- iPhone users are 30 percent more likely to use their cell phones while driving than Android users.
- Almost half of drivers aged 18 to 29 are checking their phones while behind the wheel.
- 43 percent of young drivers reported using a phone while driving.
- The types of apps on drivers phones may correlate with cell phone usage behind the wheel.
- 30-year-olds aren't that much more responsible with the phone usage on the road: 32 percent of drivers aged 30 to 44, and 21 percent of drivers aged 45 to 59 use their phones while driving
- Young women are actually riskier than young men when it comes to checking their phones while driving:
- Women between the ages of 18 and 29 are 22 percent more likely to check their phones on the road (46 percent of women verses 38 percent of men of the same age)
- For motorists age 30 and up, this balances out; men tend to be using their phones slightly more while operating a car (18 percent of men verses 15 percent of women)
The bottom line: everyone needs to put the phone down when driving. A text message isn't worth getting into a car accident over.