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What’s your #FocusKryptonite?

Staying focused behind the wheel is hard. It’s not just about texting and driving—it’s about all the things that pull your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel. We’ve all got that one thing that tends to distract us more than anything else, even if it’s only for a second. At Root, we call that #FocusKryptonite. Think you’re a focused driver? Take the test drive and find out.

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Eyes on the road

We analyzed a lot of miles in 2020 (6,165,406,024, to be exact). The average driver picked up their phone 18 times every 100 miles—that’s once every 5.5 miles.

Backseat drivers

90% of parents drive with their children in the car at least once a week, and almost all of them find it distracting. And while there’s definitely no shortage of ways for kids to be distracting in a car, parents found it the hardest to focus while their children were talking, screaming, fighting, or crying (29%), or while helping their children with something they dropped (14%).

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We’ve all had that rogue french fry fall between the seat and center console at one point or another. The question is—do you leave it or try to fish it out? According to our survey, 38% of drivers were distracted by eating or drinking in the car.

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A majority of drivers report checking their phone while driving—with 55% doing so while at a stoplight, and 22% while moving in slow traffic. Despite the majority of respondents occasionally checking their phones while driving, only 33% feel that they can be a safe driver while doing so.

Who’s a good boy?

21% of drivers say they’ve been distracted by a pet in another car or on the sidewalk. No judgment here—we had to look, too. Just make sure it’s at a stoplight.

Recalculating route...

34% of drivers have been distracted enough to miss a turn or an exit while driving.

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Think you’re a focused driver? Take the Root test drive to put your safe driving skills to the test and get a personalized rate based primarily on how you drive.

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