Study: Millions of Americans Fall for Auto Myths

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Jan. 15, 2019—A study released by found that 35 percent of Americans falsely believe texting and driving remains legal in most states, when in fact 47 states ban it for all drivers.

In addition, 63 percent are unaware that drunk driving is on the decline. 

"While both issues are gravely serious, and undeniably deadly, data shows that distracted driving continues to rise as drinking and driving is on the decline. For drivers, especially teens, the smartphone is the new open beer bottle," said Laura Adams, safety and education analyst at "There are many pervasive driving myths and misconceptions out there. As a result, people's driving records, cars and bank accounts suffer."

Other findings from the study include:

  • 18 percent are unaware that a poor driving record can increase a driver's life insurance rates.
  • 67 percent falsely believe that in cold weather, warming up your car before driving is good for the engine.
  • 28 percent believe that men are statistically safer drivers than women, when in fact studies have shown otherwise and it is well documented that women pay lower auto insurance premiums.

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