What would stop drivers from texting behind the wheel?
Drivers were asked what would stop them from using their phone behind the wheel. Their top answers:
- Causing a crash.
- Financial or legal consequences.
- Being caught by police.
Roughly 2 in 10 drivers reported reading texts frequently or sometimes while driving, whereas 14% respond to texts at these frequencies while driving. Respondents were also asked, what, if anything, would most likely deter them from reading or responding to text massages while driving. Here's their responses:
- 48%: Causing a crash.
- 42%: Financial and/or legal consequences (e.g. fine, losing license, jail time, insurance cost increase, etc.).
- 36%: Getting caught by police.
- 30%: Wanting to drive as safely as possible and being a good role model for others.
- 22%: Knowing someone who causes a crash while reading/responding to a text message.
- 18%: Employer penalty if caught reading/responding to a text message while driving for business purposes.
- 17%: Hearing/seeing a sad story about a crash resulting from driving while reading/responding to a text message.
- 13%: A law is a deterrent.
- 10%: Having a family member tell me to stop reading/responding to text messages while driving.