Survey: Texting While Driving is Declining, But Some Young Drivers Still Can’t Stop
More Than 6% of Young Adult Drivers Say They Text ‘All The Time’
A recent national survey indicates an encouraging 20% decline in the number of drivers who have texted while driving during the last 30 days. Adult drivers 18 years and older in the U.S. were surveyed.
The online survey conducted by Google Consumer Surveys found that 23% of drivers had texted while driving during the previous 30 days. In a similar survey 11 months ago, 28% of respondents admitted to texting while driving.
The 2015 and 2014 surveys were commissioned by Hasbrook & Hasbrook, an Oklahoma City personal injury law firm (oklahomalawyer.com). The survey is based on 738 respondents whose answers were weighted to form a representative sample of the U.S. Internet population.
The survey found that:
- 4% of respondents text while driving “all the time,” compared to 7% in the survey last year.
- 7% of respondents text while driving “a few times a week,” compared to 8% last year.
- 11% of respondents said they had texted only once or twice in the previous 30 days, compared to 13% last year.
Full results of the survey can be seen here: Google Texting-While-Driving Survey.
Younger Drivers Are the Most Dangerous
Other findings from the one-question survey include:
- Drivers in the 25-34 age range are the worst offenders, with 32% responding that they had texted while driving in the last month. While that percentage is alarmingly high, it is a big improvement from the 42% in that age range a year ago.
- Drivers in the 18-24 age range showed the biggest improvement, with 25% in that age group texting while driving compared to 34% last year. That’s an impressive 27% improvement. That may signal that campaigns to raise the safety awareness of teenage drivers are producing results.
- Most frightening are the drivers who say that they text while driving “all the time.” Only 4% of all respondents gave that answer, but more than 6% of drivers 18-24 and 25-34 responded that way.
- At first glance, the difference between men and women regarding texting while driving appear negligible, with 23% of men and 22% of women saying that they had never texted while driving during the past 30 days. However, far more men say that they text while driving “all the time” — more than 5% of male respondents compared to less than 3% of females.
Google Consumer Surveys are conducted online and are considered more accurate than random telephone surveys which provide the data for many national polls.