Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) July 16, 2013
Almost one-fourth of U.S. drivers feel they’ve come close to causing an accident while using their cellphone while driving, according to a new survey by CheapCarInsurance.net.
Overall, 28% of those surveyed say they’ve texted, emailed or browsed the Internet while driving, a part of distracted driving that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates is responsible for 10% of U.S. auto crash deaths each year.
More women (27%) than men (20%) said they came close to causing an accident while using their cellphone.
Other findings in the survey include:
Overconfidence of texters
• When asked what type of driver they think they are when using their phone, the biggest percentage (44%) think they’re average, but 36% said they were above average drivers. Only 18% said they’re below average.
•Men were most likely to make this assumption, with 43% saying they’re above average, compared to 29% of women.
•Among age groups, 83% of young people 18 to 29 say they’re average or better drivers while using their cellphones, and 84% of respondents in the next age group of 30-49 say the same thing.
Less overconfidence in comparison to other drivers
• When asked the same question as above, but in comparison to other drivers on the road in general, respondents weren’t as confident in their abilities to drive and use a cellphone together. Only 28% said they’re above average, compared to 36% when compared to texters.
•Men remain more confident than women, (37% vs. 20% say they’re above average), with more women (47%) than men (40%) saying they’re average.
Interesting demographic facts
• People with low incomes rated themselves as better than average drivers when compared to others who use cellphones while driving, with 37% of those with annual incomes of $30,000 or less saying they’re above average drivers. They were more confident in their abilities to text and drive than all other incomes, except for 43% of those earning $50,000 to $74,900 per year.
•The biggest age group to admit to texting, emailing or browsing the Internet while driving was ages 18-29, with 47% in that age group admitting use.
•Overall, 34% are college graduates and 32% have some college.
•40% have an annual income of $75,000 or more.
•More men (44%) use cellphones than women (29%).
•The biggest group of cellphone users have an education of high school or less (39%) and earn less than $30,000 per year (48%).
The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) and can be viewed here:
The PSRAI June 2013 Ominbus Week 3 obtained telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 1,005 adults living in the continental United States. Telephone interviews were conducted by landline (501) and cellphone (504, including 244 without a landline phone). The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI). Interviews were done in English by Princeton Data Source from June 20 to 23, 2013. Statistical results are weighed to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
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