Roughly one-in-five drivers admit to texting, emailing, or using social media while behind the wheel of a car, according to a new study by Ipsos.
The poll surveyed 14,160 drivers in 24 countries worldwide with 22 percent of drivers admitting to driving distracted due to their mobile device. The worst offenders were in Saudi Arabia, which has the highest proportion of drivers (43 percent) who have engaged in distracted driving activities with a phone. The U.S. was in sixth place with 27 percent of its drivers admitting to using their phones while driving and Great Britain was the lowest at 8 percent.
Drivers under the age of 35 were the most likely to message while driving, with 31 percent saying yes to the survey. 21 percent of drivers between the ages of 35-49 admitted to texting and driving while only 10 percent of those between 50-64 checked the yes box. Of those that admitted, 23 percent of them were male and 22 percent of them were female.
Interestingly enough, the survey also looked into the person’s occupation, discovering that those who were employed and owned a business were more likely to text and drive. Income and education also showed discrepancies in the segments, with the more affluent and educated more likely to text and drive.