Connect with us


Gig Workers and Parents Most Likely to Be Distracted By Phones While Driving



Image for article titled Gig Workers and Parents Most Likely to Be Distracted By Phones While Driving

Photo: picture alliance / Contributor (Getty Images)

Kids these days. Always on their phones swiping the apps and making their TikToks while driving. It’s ridiculous. No wonder the roads are so dangerous now. Oh, wait, what’s that? Gig workers and parents are more likely to be distracted by their phones while driving? That doesn’t fit the narrative.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, that’s exactly the case. It recently surveyed 2,000 drivers in the U.S. about what else they do while driving. “Tasks were separated into ordinary activities and those that involved a mobile phone or another electronic device, and the device-based activities were further categorized into basic talking and texting and smartphone-based activities like programming a navigation app or checking a social media feed. For some device-based activities, drivers were also asked whether they performed the task using a hands-free feature.”

About two-thirds of participants said they had done something distracting in the last 30 days, and half of them admitted they do at least one thing most of the time they’re driving. So that’s not good. Although to be fair, it isn’t clear whether these figures included (still not ideal) phone use while stopped at a traffic light or only counted phone use while the car was moving.

The good news is, the majority of those surveyed said their phone use while driving was limited to handsfree features such as using voice control to set a destination on their navigation app or send a text. That’s much less dangerous but still technically counts as a distraction. The much worse news is that eight percent of respondents admitted to regularly playing games on their phones while driving which almost definitely isn’t handsfree and is kind of terrifying.

The survey also found that gig workers such as drivers for Uber and Lyft “were more than twice as likely as other drivers to engage in any distracting activity and nearly four times as likely to regularly use smartphone apps while driving.” Anyone who’s ever taken an Uber probably isn’t surprised by that finding. But consider this your regular reminder to always wear your seatbelt if you decide to use a ride-hailing app.

The more surprising result is that parents with children under the age of 18 were “were 65 percent more likely than other drivers to perform non-device-based tasks, 31 percent more prone to any device-based distraction and 47 percent more likely to engage in smartphone-enabled secondary activities.” Parents were also “50 percent more prone to routinely making video calls, checking weather reports and other types of smartphone-enabled distractions than drivers without children 18 or younger.”

To be fair, as mentioned previously, parents and gig drivers are far from the only ones using their phones while driving. It’s a big problem regardless of age or occupation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that a minimum of 3,000 people were killed by distracted drivers in 2020.

So please put your phones away while driving. Not to sound like a billboard on the side of a highway, but no text or Facebook notification is important enough to risk crashing, dying, or potentially killing someone else.

Continue Reading

Recent News

Bathroom Remodeling Bathroom Remodeling
Home Improvement24 mins ago

5 Best Bathroom Remodeling Contractors Houston

When you give your bathroom a makeover, it will transform the look of the whole house. The bathroom remodeling project...

Yaşam Ayavefe Yaşam Ayavefe
Health2 hours ago

Yaşam Ayavefe Empowering Women: Initiatives for Health and Well-being

Yaşam Ayavefe is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and investor dedicated to empowering women and promoting their health and well-being. Through the...

Ankle Weights for Women Ankle Weights for Women
Fashion17 hours ago

Elevate Your Workouts Sustainably: Ankle Weights for Women and Eco-Friendly Fitness Products

In the fast-paced world of fitness, there’s a growing demand for products that enhance performance and align with eco-conscious values....

F95Zone F95Zone
Tech21 hours ago

F95Zone: An Advanced World of Games and Fun 

All those of us who have grown up as the Gen z kids and now into adults know our love...

Blooket Join Blooket Join
Guide21 hours ago

Guide To Blooket Join: Fun Learning Games For Children UK

Blooket Join, a name your kid will thank you for! Now, you might be curious as to why we are...

NCEdCloud NCEdCloud
Tech21 hours ago

NCEdCloud PowerSchool: Top Educational Platform For E-Learning

With modern education on the rise due to the combining of technology and education, now education on any level can...

Google Pixelbook 12In Google Pixelbook 12In
Tech21 hours ago

Guide To Google Pixelbook 12In 2024

Are you wondering about better options than your traditional laptop or PC? Then let us fill you in on the...

Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Lab Grown Diamond Engagement
Fashion21 hours ago

Increasingly Popular Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Rings UK

Diamond rings are always adored for engagement or wedding events. The spark and shine of a diamond looks so appealing...

Search Engine Optimization Search Engine Optimization
Digital Marketing21 hours ago

Search Engine Optimization Solutions – Your Key to Success

If you want to rank high on seek engine results pages and boost revenue, hiring the top search engine optimization...

NBA Playoffs NBA Playoffs
Lifestyle2 days ago

Elevate Your Fan Experience: Must-See Moments In NBA Playoffs 2024

The NBA playoffs have reached your fingertips, and you’re excited for the rest of the season. There are several tales...