While the risks of distracted driving seem to be well-publicized, many people continue to engage in unsafe behaviors while driving:
- The 2017 Travelers Risk Index found that about a quarter (23 percent) of Americans surveyed say they use personal technology at least sometimes while driving - despite nearly 80 percent saying they know the practice is very risky.
- The Risk Index also found that 3 in 10 people said they have had a near-miss (almost got into an accident) due to their own distracted driving. Ten percent said they have gotten into an accident from their own distracted driving, while 23 percent say they have due to someone else's distracted driving.
- A recent poll commissioned by Travelers and conducted online by Harris Poll of over 1,000 U.S. employees who drive, indicated that 43 percent of employees who drive answer or make work-related communications while driving.
- That same poll showed that Generation X (ages 35-44) is just as likely as millennials (ages 18-34) to answer or make work-related communications while driving - over half of both generations (54 percent each) admitted to doing this.
To learn more about the Travelers Institute's symposia series and to register for an upcoming event, visit www.travelersinstitute.org.For more information about distracted driving risks and how to stay safe behind the wheel, visit the Travelers Prepare & Prevent website. Other resources for safe driving include the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, the National Safety Council and NC Vision Zero. Travelers Poll MethodologyThis survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Travelers from Sept. 12-14, 2017, among 2,083 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, among whom 1,146 are employees who drive. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Judy Senechal, email@example.com. About TravelersThe Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has approximately 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $28 billion in 2016. For more information, visit www.travelers.com.