WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As Distracted
Driving Awareness Month 2019 draws to a close, GEICO urges drivers
to learn the risks associated with distracted driving.
How much is distracted driving affecting roadways?
How much more likely is it for a crash to occur if drivers are
interacting with a smartphone?
Drivers who use a
handheld phone increase their risk of crashing by two to three times
compared to a sober, alert driver according to the Virginia Tech
Transportation Institute. Prior to putting the car in gear, drivers
should consider silencing their phones, turning on the ‘do not disturb
function’ or placing them out of reach altogether in the car.
How many drivers utilize ‘do not disturb while driving’ mode?
at drivers who had iPhones specifically, the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety found that only one in five had Apple’s ‘do not disturb
while driving’ mode activated.
Around 10 percent of fatal crashes resulted from distracted driving
– why do researchers think this is a low estimate?
the scene of a crash, distraction is very hard to prove unless a
driver freely admits to diverting his/her attention. According to IIHS
many more fatal crashes may have resulted from distracted driving;
however, distraction was not noted as the cause.
Is it fair to only blame smartphones for issues related to
Smartphones are only one piece of
the problem. In a new observational study from the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety, a large percentage of drivers were seen partaking
in other distracting behaviors such as eating/drinking, interacting
with passengers, wearing headphones and reaching for items in the
To avoid becoming a statistic, GEICO urges drivers to switch their
phones to ‘do not disturb’ mode, leave their GPS’ alone, plan their
meals outside of driving times and set playlists in advance.
For more distracted driving tips, visit GEICO’s Smartdogs Distracted
Driving resources page.
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