Data collected using technology built into phones.
The majority of drivers in the United States (92 percent) use their phone while behind the wheel. That’s according to new data released from the online insurance marketplace EverQuote Inc. The data analyzed more than 2.7 million vehicle trips and 230 million miles driven. The data was collected using technology built into phones to measure and rank driving behavior including speed (national average of 79), use of the phone while driving (average of 80), hard braking (83), hard turns (86) and risky acceleration (85).
More from the EverQuote study:
• Drivers in Midwestern states have the highest safe driving rating of 83, compared to the West (82), South (80) and Northeast (75).
• Drivers in the Northeast clocked in at speeds above the legal limit on nearly half of all trips taken (48 percent), while those in the South recorded speeding rates on 37 percent of their trips. Meanwhile, Midwesterners only exceeded the speed limit during about every one in three trips (30 percent).
• Southerners have the highest phone- use rate while driving, with 41 percent of all trips taken involving use of a phone. The rest of the country uses their phone slightly more than a third of the time while driving. Midwesterners use their phone on 37 percent of drives; those in the Northeast picked up their device on 35 percent of drives, while those in the West average a phone-use rate of 34 percent when driving.
• Men and women share similar driving habits. On average, female drivers are slightly safer than men, scoring an average safety rating of 78, compared to men’s average score of 77.
• Drivers younger than 21 received an overall safe driving rating of 74, while drivers older than 21 rated a 78.