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New Data Says Distracted Driving Getting Worse

Fleet News Daily
April 3, 2018

Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), a leading smartphone-centric telematics provider, has announced its most recent findings on distracted driving — and it’s a bit sobering.

The data collected from more than 65 million trips over the last six months revealed distracted driving occurred during 36.1 percent 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 behaviors: phone use while driving, at-risk speeding, hard braking, harsh acceleration and cornering. The most recent data collected showed several patterns of distracted behavior, including:

  • The evening commute has the greatest amount of distraction, with 38 percent of trips exhibiting distracted driving behavior 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 percent of the time) versus on highways (43 percent of time).
  • The average length of distraction time per trip was 2.67 seconds per mile.

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