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Survey: We can't leave the Internet while driving

Posted by Bill Griffith  March 4, 2011 11:15 AM

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Maybe those smartphones aren’t so smart after all.

A State Farm survey of 912 people — all of whom had a valid driver’s license, owned a smartphone, and drove at least one hour per week — shows that 19 percent “admitted” to using the Internet while driving, including:

  • Finding/reading driving directions
  • Reading e-mail
  • Composing/sending e-mail (texting)
  • Reading/scanning sites such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Looking up specific information

Many said they engage in these activities when stopped in traffic or at red lights as well as when driving alone or on long trips on interstates.

Approximately 40 percent of the US population owns a smartphone.

“We’re interested in learning more about the growing trend of using the Web while driving,” says Cindy Garretson, director of auto technology research at State Farm. “This research takes us one step closer to understanding the driver distractions that affect everyone on our roadways.”

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