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2020 Focused Driving Report

Celebrating focused driving

In this year’s updated report, we share our latest findings and invite you to explore the data and consider ways to help make the roads a safer place.
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Total miles analyzed

Root customers drove more than 4.7 billion miles in 2019—up from 1.2 billion miles in 2018. That’s enough road to wrap around the equator 190,017 times.

Steady focus on the roads

While we analyzed nearly 4 times as many miles in 2019 as we did in 2018, overall levels of driving focus held steady—with the average driver using their phone 17 times every 100 miles.

A state of focus

It’s no surprise the scenic route might make it a little easier to ignore the phone while driving.

Montana climbed from the #2 spot last year to claim this year’s title of most focused-driving state, with drivers using their phones 47% less than in this year’s least-focused state.

Nice driving in the Northwest

Among census areas with at least 1,000 drivers and a population of at least 250,000, Eugene, OR earned the title of most focused metro area.

Drivers there only picked up their phones an average of 12.29 times every 100 miles—50% less than the least-focused metro area.

What’s in a name?

Need a safe ride home? Ask Debra. Or Deborah. Out of everyone who took the Root test drive this year, customers named Debra or Deborah had the fewest distracted driving events.

Under the hood

Think autonomous vehicles might lead to less-focused drivers behind the wheel? Think again. When it comes to car make, Tesla drivers led the pack this year in focused driving—using their phones 40% less than Infiniti drivers.

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At Root, we believe in the power of data to not only tell a good story, but to help empower safer driving. Download the full 2020 Focused Driving Report to explore all of our latest findings.

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This report includes data that does not reflect how Root prices an individual’s auto insurance policy. Data based on an average.

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