New distracted driving study reveals how much we use phones behind the wheel

Posted at 12:20 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 14:53:55-04

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and a new study is revealing just how much we use our cell phones behind the wheel. 

California based internet company Zendrive studied the habits of 3 million drivers over the course of 570 million trips.

According to the report, the team found that drivers were on their phones for 88 percent of those trips. If applied to the U.S. Driving population, Zendrive says that roughly works out to 600 million distracted drives a day.

What's more, the study revealed that Americans are on their phones, including activities like texting and talking, for just over three minutes each hour they are on the road.

That stat -- slightly unnerving -- since the company also reports that taking your eyes off of the road for just a couple of seconds makes it 20 times more likely you're going to get in an accident.

As far as Michigan's ranking compared to the rest of the country, Zendrive found that we are right in the middle of the pack when it comes to phone use behind the wheel.

Check out the Zendrive distracted driving report here.