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More People Web Surfing While Driving

A survey released by State Farm on December 8 found that a rising numbers of drivers are using smartphones to surf the web while they are behind the wheel...
December 15, 2015

A survey released by State Farm on December 8 found that a rising numbers of drivers are using smartphones to surf the web while they are behind the wheel. The dangerous behavior is second only to texting as the most prevalent driver distraction. According to State Farm, 29 percent of about 1,000 respondents admitting to accessing the Internet while driving. That is up from just 13 percent in 2009. Thirty-six percent of those surveyed said that they text and drive. That number remained relatively steady over the seven years in which the study was conducted.

State Farm’s director of technology research, Chris Mullen, attributed the upward trend in people surfing the web while driving to the prevalence of smartphones with functions than were not available on phones just a few years ago. Eighty-eight percent of those surveyed own a smartphone, Mullen said.

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