A spanking new survey out of the US suggests over one-third of smartphone owners use them while in control of a potential death machine. For shame.
As relayed by lovely lady Liz Gannes at AllThingsD, the McKinsey report was unleashed at the Detroit Auto Show, following an online poll with 4,000 respondents.
Asked: “Do you use your smartphone while driving?” – 35% of respondents said aye. And those are just the ones who admit it.
A follow-on question asked: “What do you use your smartphone for while driving?” Check it:
- Calls – 89%
- Navigation – 68%
- SMS – 39%
- Internet, email, social networks, apps – 31%
To be fair, it’s not clear how many of the 89% making calls are playing safe with Bluetooth and keeping both hands on the wheel (and eyes on the road), but there's never any excuse for texting.
A little googling reveals that car crashes are the number one cause of death for Americans aged 5 to 24. Something to think about.
Oh, and that's a car crash simulation above, in case you were feeling squeamish.