Not only is texting while driving a concern, but now Webbing while driving is occurring more frequently, State Farm said in a recent report.
According to the report, webbing while driving – the act of accessing the Internet while behind the wheel – is occurring with increasing frequency. The increased frequency is adding to the already-present dangers posed by distracted driving.
State Farm’s Strategic Resources Department made use of an outside agency to conduct an online survey of U.S. consumers aged 18 and over in July. The number of respondents admitting to accessing the Internet while on a cell phone while driving rose to 48 percent, up from 29 percent in July 2009.
“The mobile internet is generating another set of distractions for drivers to avoid,” Chris Mullen, Director of Technology Research at State Farm, said in a statement. “While the safety community is appropriately working to reduce texting while driving, we must also be concerned about the growing use of multiple mobile web services while driving.”
Other results of the survey included: