Survey: 80% Of Americans Use Cellphones While Driving

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A recent survey by the Nationwide insurance company has shown some surprising results in regards to cell phone usage among Americans.

  • 80% of cell phone owners talk while driving
  • 40% of cell phone owners between 16 and 30 text message while driving
  • 60% of teens use cell phones while driving
  • 65% of baby boomers between 45 and 61 use cell phones while driving
  • 78% of users between 18 and 30 use cell phones while driving
  • 80% of users between 31 and 44 use cell phones while driving.


The report cites some of the strict usage laws as the reason the teenagers are the lowest cell phone users while driving. The survey also cites American's need and pressure to always stay in touch as the reason behind these high numbers. You know what should be done to curtail this problem?

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People should be videotaped while talking on their phones while driving, both to show how it impacts their driving and how big of a douchebag they look like gabbing on their pink RAZR while their Tahoe hugs two lanes. [Breitbart via CG] {Image via Getty)

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smalleyxb122

It's not the fault of the cell phones. I'm willing to bet that 90% of the people cutting you off in their Excursions while talking on the phone would cut you off in their Excursions even when not on the phone.

The fact that when you see someone driving like an idiot, and they are on a cell phone doesn't prove a causal relationship. They could both be symptomatic of the driver being an idiot.

I do know a few people in the 10% that just can't walk and chew gum at the same time. For them, Cell phone while driving = bad.

For those good drivers out there: I don't need to give any advice. Good drivers already will probably minimize phone usage while driving. Good drivers already know that while dividing their attention, driving takes priority, so if they have to drop the call to avoid the jackass on his cell phone than just swerved into their lane, so be it.

Good drivers drive well, regardless of the circumstances. Is it because they avoid the phone, or because they can drive well even while on the phone? Probably a bit of both.