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Survey: Older drivers failing to resist smartphone temptations

While many people may like to think that texting while driving -- or using a smartphone and driving -- are only distractions for young people, the truth is that all age groups are becoming more and more distracted by their phones. And, while the focus used to mainly be on texting or talking while driving, now surfing the web, using social media and responding to emails are all driving distractions that are on the rise.

In 2009 State Farm started asking drivers about how often they went online, using their phones, while driving. The results were rather startling then and have continued to become even more nerve-wracking. From 2009 to 2013, the percentage of those going online while driving has increased from 13 percent to 24 percent.

When it comes to texting, while many might like to think this is only a problem among those in the 18 to 29 age group, the survey found the following information:

Half of those drivers between the ages of 30 and 39 said they text while driving.

31 percent of those between the ages of 40 and 49 admitted to texting while driving.

19 percent of those between the ages of 50 and 64 said they text while driving.

In looking at these trends, it is important to note the sales of smartphones have increased the most among older drivers. One could imagine the ease of surfing the web, texting and checking social media sites is just too tempting for some drivers, regardless of their age.

However, just like with new drivers, smartphone distractions among older drivers slow reaction times, which can increase the chances of getting into a car accident. Regardless of age, no one is immune to the risks associated with distracted driving.


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