Study finds most Americans are distracted drivers


Americans are known for having a deep love for their cars and their portable phones, and a new study indicates that pretty much the entire nation is enjoying them at the same time.

As a mere 2 seconds of distracted driving can increase collision likelihood by 20 times, that's a bad thing. Making things worse, a study conducted by Zendrive shows average phone use accounted for 3.5 minutes of every driving hour.

Some states were certainly greater offenders than others, but none emerged as shining examples of driver responsibility.

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Vermont, which actually has a law against using handheld phones while driving, is ranked as the most distracted. Each day, drivers in the state spent roughly 7.5 percent of their time behind the wheel on their devices. Vermont is followed by Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.

Drivers in Oregon are most apt to keep their focus on the road, but still spent 3% of their time using their phones while driving each day.

According to Zendrive, its findings came through digging, "deep into our data set of 10-billion miles of driver behavior data," and pulling, "out a three month sample of 570-million trips, where 3.1-million people drove 5.6-billion miles around the U.S. between December 2016 and February 2017."

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