State Farm Insurance's annual report on distracted driving shows it's not just cellphone conversations competing for the attention of drivers, some want to surf the 'net' while behind the wheel. The survey shows the percentage of drivers who access the net has nearly doubled over the past 5 years, from 13 percent to 24 percent. State Farm Spokesman Holly Anderson says one way to slow that increase is to be a better role model for young passengers:
"It's really important for us to be good roll models. Make sure that we're putting the phone down while we're in the car, we're not texting and driving, but we're also pulling over, if you need to look at a map."
Anderson says the report also shows drivers over 50 are catching up with younger ones when it comes to smart phone technology. Smart phone usage for older drivers went from 34 percent two years ago to 44 percent this year. And while we do love our gadgets, the State Farm report indicates 44 percent of those polled would support technology that would prevent texting and web surfing while driving.
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