Move over texting. “Webbing” is the newest distracted driving danger. According to a survey by State Farm, Internet surfing, or “webbing” while driving, has increased among younger drivers.
The survey of nearly 1,000 motorists in July 2012 found that “webbing” has increased among drivers ages 18-29 from 29 percent in 2009 to 48 percent. This increase is largely attributed to the increase in web-enabled smartphones.
According to the study, checking emails while driving increased to 43 percent in 2012 from 32 percent in 2009. Accessing social media networks while driving also rose; 36 percent of drivers admitted to such behavior in 2012 compared with 21 percent in 2009.
And it’s not just young drivers who are “webbing” behind the wheel. State Farm also found that accessing the Internet while driving increased among all age groups, to 21 percent in 2012 from 13 percent in 2009.
Distracted driving of all sorts is a common cause of injury accidents in Florida and elsewhere. The Florida law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, urges all Florida drivers to pay attention behind the wheel.