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Adult Cell Phone Survey

2013 Survey: Distracted Driving Behaviors of San Diego County Adults

With support from Allstate Insurance Company, the Adult Cell Phone Survey was conducted February 8, 2013 through March 31, 2013, and focused on the driving habits of San Diego County residents, ages 30 to 64. It used an anonymous, online questionnaire to examine drivers’ attitudes about cell-phone use and to quantify the amount of time that respondents use cell phones to text or call others while on the road.

Overall, 715 participants completed the survey: 75 percent female, two thirds married, and the average age was 46-years-old.

Distracted Driving Behaviors:

  • Of the 512 respondents driving an average of one to two hours per day, the reported use of cell phones for talking, texting and other applications was: 30 percent ranged from sometimes to frequently, 53 percent rarely and 17 percent never.
  • 56 percent reported driving with a handheld phone and 92 percent drive with a hands-free phone.
  • Of the 261 respondents with children younger than 11-years-old in the car, 65 percent use a phone while driving and 36 percent text.
  • Of the 193 respondents with children 12 to 17-years-old in the car, 63 percent use a phone while driving and 31 percent text.
  • Adults with children younger than 11-years-old in the car were significantly more likely to text and to talk on a handheld phone.
  • 31 percent of respondents feel obliged to take a work-related call while driving.

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