The vast majority of us still use our smartphones while driving (poll results)

The vast majority of us still use our smartphones while driving (poll results)
You'll have to have lived under a rock to not have gotten the message across by now. Texting while driving is dangerous. Checking your Facebook while driving is dangerous. Placing calls while driving is dangerous. Pretty much anything that includes a smartphone and a person behind the wheel is a no-no, at least if safety is a concern of yours. Which, of course, it is, only most of us assume that we're the exception and what's the big deal if I just checked that last notification?

Yesterday, we asked you to be honest and admit to using your smartphone while driving, just as we know you do. Some 1,300 of you took our call, and the results of that particular survey are now in. According to the split, over 80% of participants admitted to using their phones while driving, but with different frequency. The biggest group (~30%) say they only use their phone every now and then when behind the wheel, followed by 20% of users saying they do it fairly often, and 9% that (begrudgingly, hopefully) confess they do it all the time. 24% claim they almost never do it, which is still not great. On the other end of the spectrum, we have 18% worth of voters swearing they absolutely never do it. If true, that's commendable, but doesn't really help with all the rest who'll surely end up on Santa's naughty list this year.

Us humans aren't very good with numbers at all, so we tend to underestimate the dangers when we're presented with confusing statistics. So we do stupid things like using our smartphones when driving, irrespective of the known dangers involved. We're also hopeless optimists, so we tend to think that even if something does occur in real life, we're almost surely going to be fine. Until we're not. This probably came across as judgy-judgy, but think about what you'd be missing out on if something were to happen next time a meaningless notification comes through. Is it worth the risk just so you know right away that your granny liked your latest cat video post on Facebook?

Honestly now: Do you use your phone while driving?

Yes, all the time
8.97%
Yes, fairly often
20%
Only every now and then
29.51%
No, almost never
23.57%
No, never
17.95%

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10 Comments

1. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"According to the split, nearly 60% of participants admitted to using their phones while driving..." According to the split, 82.05% of participants admitted to using their phones while driving. "No, almost never" is still a yes...

2. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

I'll hide behind the theory that my coffee probably/hopefully hadn't kicked in yet. :(

3. Ekapl

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 16, 2015

its legal in Tennessee

8. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

No it's not. Texting While Driving Law (TCA 55-8-199)

4. souvikroy1111

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

I met with an accident while riding aviator and thats because i was on a call while driving

5. aelliott

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 01, 2010

Perhaps now a poll on, if they do use their phone, how people go about it. To make no distinction between holding it in your hand and manually texting and/or making a call rather than using a fully-automated hands-free system is very remiss of you!!!

6. Zackd44

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

We* humans aren't very good.....

7. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

His coffee hadn't kicked in yet.

9. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I'm not going to say I never do it, but I do NOT do it around traffic. I hit stretches of road without a car near me. I may send a text then. Also, I use my Gear S2 classic watch's voice activated system to text while driving occasionally. I will occasionally send one at a red light, but I am very self aware about it. If I happen to do it I'll text one letter at a time. I will not sit there and type out a sentence. I type very slow giving the road more attention. I'll type a 'T' look up make sure everything is good, look down type an 'h' look up.

10. FuJitsu.nn

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

I do use my phone while driving although rarely. It is always used with the bluetooth in the vehicle so it isn't illegal in any way. I'm not sure why that wasn't an option.

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