Using the phone while driving continues to be a major problem on the roads. Our friends at ReadWrite take a look at the alarming statistics of a nation always on their phones.
By Matt Asay
Despite significant fines and common sense, we continue to text while driving. Given how much time we spend in our cars — as much as seven percent of our lives, by some estimates — not to mention our rising dependence on text-based communication, this isn't surprising. We want to make the most of otherwise dead time. (Though not literally. We hope.)
While app developers are flooding the market with speech-to-text products to give drivers a legal alternative to texting, new research suggests that text-to-speech technologies may not help and could actually make things worse.
Which may mean you may have no safe choice but to pay attention to the road.
A Nation Addicted to Texting . . . While Driving
I say this as someone prone to sneak in a quick text response while driving. So no, I'm not judging you. And yes, I really do mean you. According to a study done by AT&T, 49 percent of adults text while driving, despite 98 percent of us knowing that it's unsafe to do so. For 40 percent of us, it's more than just an occasional text: it's a habit.
This despite some awesome campaigns that showcase just how bad we are at driving while we text.
Why do we do it? Well, we spend anywhere from 100 hours to 600 hours a year in our cars. That's a long time to spend staring at billboards on 101 or listening to the annual NPR fund-raising drive. (Yes, it's coming.)
So we text.