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Increase in Webbing while driving adding to dangers on the road

Increase in Webbing while driving adding to dangers on the road

Accessing Web while driving becoming more commonplace

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:

  • Drivers reading social media networks while driving rose to 36 percent, up from 21 percent in July 2009.
  • Drivers updating social networks while driving rose 30 percent, up from 20 percent in 2009.
  • Drivers checking email while driving increased to 43 percent from 32 percent in 2009.
  • According to State Farm, the increasing popularity of smart phones is directly connected to these alarming trends. The survey revealed that 72 percent of drivers “strongly agree” with laws that guard against distracted driving.

    “State Farm continues to support a multi-pronged approach to encouraging more engaged driving,” Mullen said. “Regulation, enforcement, education and technology all have a role to play in making our roads safer for all who share them.”

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