Texting while driving has been a concern for years now, but a new national survey by State Farm has found that almost one in four drivers are also surfing the internet while behind the wheel. More people age 40+ are now using smartphones, which has contributed to the increase.
“It’s not just a youthful problem,” explains State Farm’s director of technology research, Chris Mullen. Smartphone users are checking social media and sending and receiving emails while driving. Mullen cautions, “We want to keep an eye on the use of the smartphone beyond talking and texting. We need to keep an eye on social media, reading e-mail, all these other functions folks can use… That could be legislation, it could be enforcement, it could be education and awareness.”