Do You Social and Drive?

Chelsea Wade
April 01, 2019 - 12:27 pm
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Chances are pretty good that the driver in the car in front of you, behind you or next to you is on their phone, checking social media.



Nearly six in ten drivers have admitted to checking social media while behind the wheel, according to DriversEd.com's 2019 Distracted Driving and Social Media Report. "We found that 55% of drivers admit to checking social media while behind the wheel. Meanwhile, 68% of Americans say they have caught their driver checking social media, and 35% say they have caught their driver watching a video," said Laura Adams with DriversEd.com. “There’s no way around it: the data is startling. I wish I could say the solution is as simple as parents talking to their teen drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. But parents are also the ones checking their Facebook, watching YouTube videos and recording Instagram videos."

Here's what the study found:

· SOCIAL MEDIA: 30% of drivers say they have checked Facebook while behind the wheel, as 20% say they have checked Instagram and 17% say they have checked Snapchat.

· VIDEO WATCHING: 26% of drivers say they have watched videos on their phone while behind the wheel, as 14% say they have watched Facebook videos, 12% say they have watched YouTube videos, 9% say they have watched Instagram videos and 9% say they have watched Snapchat videos.

· VIDEO RECORDING: 25% of drivers say they have recorded a video while behind the wheel.

· UBER AND LYFT: 19% of Americans say they have noticed their Uber, Lyft or other rideshare driver checking social media.


Click here to read the full report.