The Alarming New Data On Distracted Driving

Driving and smartphones *do not* mix.

We all know that looking at a text or checking Facebook while driving is a terrible idea, but new research shows that many people do it anyway. Zendrive, a driving analytics company, looked at data from more than 3 million drivers and 5.6 billion miles of driving and found that drivers used their phones on 88 percent of car rides, according to Wired.

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This shocking statistic adds to research showing that a whopping 52 percent of all car crashes are caused by distracted driving. Even a quick glance away from the road dramatically increases your odds of getting into an accident. Wired points to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that found even a “two-second distraction increases your risk of crashing by 20 percent.”

Anti-distracted driving laws and strict enforcement of them are helping a bit, according to the new study, but there’s a lot of room for improvement. Hopefully the Zendrive data will spur a closer look at our larger cultural problem with technology — that it’s addictive by design and this addiction is putting us all at mental and physical risk.

Read more on Wired.

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