Many motorists are operating vehicles while distracted on the road, but this may not be specifically limited to just young people, as many may think.
Nearly one-quarter of drivers use their phones to access the Internet while operating their vehicles, according to a report from State Farm. This was significantly higher than the 13 percent recorded in 2009.
The age groups with the highest levels of smart phone usage are those drivers between the ages of 18 and 29, as well as those from ages 30 to 39, the report explained. Approximately 86 percent of each group reported owning one, though the figure jumped for those between the ages of 30 and 39 in the past two years.
"As smart phone ownership increases for all age groups, the safety community must ensure we are keeping pace with our understanding of the types of distractions drivers face," said Chris Mullen, director of technology research at State Farm. "Much attention is paid toward reducing texting while driving, but we must also be concerned about addressing the growing use of multiple mobile web services while driving."
A total of 74 percent of motorists polled explained they like the laws that are in place that discourage using phones for texting or other related activities while driving, the report noted. Despite this, approximately 50 percent said they don't think they are enforced well.
With this information, it may be a good idea to protect against the risks on the road by taking out an auto insurance policy that is better than one a driver currently owns.
Many parents think their kids avoid distractions
While more people may be operating vehicles while distracted, the level of parents who think their kids do this may be too low. According to a report from Bridgestone Americas, just 39 percent of adults with children who are starting out on the road think their kid uses their phone while driving. Despite this, close to 50 percent of all young motorists do this.
Approximately 26 percent of parents think their child texts while driving, but the reality is that the level is closer to 50 percent, the report added.
Parents may want to consider not only educating their children about the dangers of distracted driving, but to also get a solid car insurance policy as it could help them protect the vehicle in case of an accident from another distracted driver.