April 14, 2016—Kelley Blue Book Thursday revealed the results of a survey that showed that 61 percent of drivers continue to multitask with mobile devices while driving despite laws in nearly every state prohibiting it.
The survey also revealed that 47 percent of respondents have used their phones while driving on roads or residential streets, 40 percent have used phones while cruising on the highway and 86 percent have used a phone at a stop light or heavy traffic.
The most common activities during distracted driving were 78 percent talking on the phone, 71 percent using navigation systems, 67 percent texting, 47 percent using music apps and 31 percent using social media.
The survey is a part of Kelley Blue Book’s #DriveSmart Distracted Driving Awareness campaign.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 25 percent of all crashes involve some form of distracted driving.
"We all know that texting while driving is a serious distraction, but it isn't the only reason drivers are taking their eyes off the road," said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "With the increase of in-car technology, there are more distractions vying for a driver's attention. Whether it is in-dash navigation, music apps or voice command call or text, more and more drivers are multitasking behind the wheel as opposed to focusing on the road."
More information on distracted driving can be found on Kelley Blue Book’s website.