Study: Family, Not Friends or Work, Distracts Drivers Most

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. So it follows that the National Safety Council is releasing the results of a new study that overwhelmingly shows drivers are more distracted by family members than other people and even work.

The NSC study shows 82 percent of Americans felt the most pressure to deal with family phone calls and texts while behind the wheel. The number dropped to 54 percent when talking about work-related communication and then to 50 percent for friends (except in the case of teenagers.)

“It is a sad irony that the people we love are actually jeopardizing our safety,” says Deborah A.P. Hersman, National Safety Council President. “If you really care, don’t call to say, ‘I love you.’ Instead encourage your family to set everything else aside, disconnect and focus only on the road.”

On the upside, NSC researchers say 55 percent of drivers would welcome a solution. Some surveyed said if their vehicle or phone came with a technology solution to prevent distraction, they would not turn it off.

The non-profit organization also provided these stats:

  • 54 percent of drivers still feel pressure from work to drive distracted
  • 73 percent of teens surveyed say their friends put the most pressure on them to drive distracted, slightly higher than family (71%)
  • 74 percent of drivers would use Facebook behind the wheel
  • 1 in 4 drivers would feel much better about their drive if there was no way to use technology behind the wheel
  • 66 percent of drivers would talk on the phone while driving through a parking lot
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