Fellow parents, I have news to relate:
According to our recent Harris Poll survey, Root for Safety, parents of minors are more likely to use their mobile phone while driving than people who don't have children under 18. The difference is significant:
87% of drivers who are parents of children under 18 admit to having used a mobile device while driving.
Only 75% of drivers without children under 18 admit the same.
(Source: Harris Poll, March 2018)
In some ways, this data isn’t a surprise. The high rate of distracted driving in the U.S. is no secret—Root’s data supports these national findings. But, as a father of three young children, I was surprised to learn that we, as parents, are getting distracted by our phones even more than other demographics.
I also understand it. Parenting is a 24/7 job and often leaves little time for personal and work responsibilities. When driving my kids around, I often hear my phone ding with Slack messages and email notifications. It’s easy to give in to temptation.
But this survey is a good reminder that we parents should be more cautious when driving—not less. So this is a call to everyone—myself included—to keep phones out of reach in the car. After all, we've got the next generation of good drivers in the backseat. Let's keep them safe—and be good examples.
Thanks for reading! If you're a good driver, be sure to download the Root app to get a great rate for your responsible driving habits. Creating safer roads by rewarding good, focused drivers is what Root is all about. We'd love to have you along.
(Interested in other survey findings? Check out more Root for Safety statistics.)