AAA Foundation report shows US motorists’ top concern is distracted driving

Distracted driving rates higher than other dangerous behaviors, such as aggressive driving (68%), drivers using drugs (55%), and drunk driving (43%). The proportion of drivers who report talking on a cell phone ‘regularly or fairly often’ when behind the wheel jumped 46% since 2013. Nearly half (49%) of drivers report recently talking on a hand-held phone while driving, and nearly 35% have sent a text or email. Despite their own behavior, nearly 58% of drivers say talking on a cellphone behind the wheel is a very serious threat to their personal safety, while 78% believe that texting is a significant danger. A recent study from the AAA Foundation shows drivers talking on a cellphone are up to four times as likely to crash, while those who text are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash.