Distracted driving remains one of the biggest enemies of motorists. When you're trying to stay safe on the roads and limit the possibility of expensive repairs, you can't risk taking your eyes off the road ahead for a second. Unfortunately, many drivers are unable to detach themselves from their cellphones.
When drivers use phones
A recent study from State Farm examined when drivers whip out their cellphones, as well as when they're most likely to ignore the electronics. According to the survey, about 63 percent of drivers say they'll use a cellphone while stopped at a red light, while another 30 percent report using it on an open highway.
Certain circumstances may inspire drivers to keep their phones away. The study noted that inclement weather, such as ice, snow, rain and fog, is most likely to deter the use of cellphones. Similarly, motorists are hesitant to take out smartphones in a construction or school zone, when it's dark outside or if there's lots of traffic.
The long-term study revealed that drivers are talking less on cellphones, but they continue to text, surf the Internet, check emails and read social media sites.
"These six-year trends make it apparent that smartphones have created many new distractions for drivers to juggle," said Chris Mullen, director of technology research at State Farm. "While much attention is paid to the dangers of talking and texting while driving, it's critical that we also address the increasing use of other smartphone features and other sources of distraction."
Taking advantage of safety features
Many states forbid drivers from using cellphones behind the wheel, but that doesn't stop many motorists – despite the safety risks. Certain applications and car features are making phones safer, however. Many vehicles have hands-free technology and crash avoidance features that allow drivers to prioritize safety. This isn't limited to brand new models either, as these features have been around for several years and can be found in used cars if drivers know where to look.
Putting down the electronics is just one way of staying safe on the roads. It also helps to have a vehicle equipped with all of the safety features and capabilities you need. To find one of these, start looking at New Jersey State Auto Auction. The lot contains hundreds of Carfax-certified cars, trucks and vans, many of which offer great amenities that drivers will want in their next ride.