DISTRACTED DRIVING ON THE RISE IN TOP U.S. CITIES
Smartphone-centric telematics provider Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) has announced its most recent findings on distracted driving. The data collected from more than 65 million trips over the last six months revealed distracted driving occurred during 36.1% of trips nationwide, up five percent from last year.
CMT’s smartphone app collects data and provides actionable insights for drivers to improve their on-the-road performance by measuring five driving behaviours: phone use while driving, at-risk speeding, hard braking, harsh acceleration, and cornering.
The most recent data collected showed several patterns of distracted behaviour. The evening commute has the greatest amount of distraction, with 38% of trips exhibiting distracted driving behaviour between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Most distractions occur at speeds of 30-40 miles per hour. Drivers spend more time distracted on local roads (57% of the time) versus on highways (43% of time). The average length of distraction time per trip was 2.67 seconds per mile.