Parents who use cell phones while driving are also much more at risk for other unsafe driving behaviors like drunk driving or failing to wear seatbelts while driving that place them and their children at risk of an accident.
Those findings and others come from a survey of parents and caregivers conducted by researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University Of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. The survey finds that far too many parents take the risks of distractions while driving, far too lightly. Approximately 760 parents participated in the survey. According to the survey, in the preceding three months:
- Approximately 50% of the parents admitted to using a cell phone while driving with children between the ages of four and 10
- Approximately 52% of parents had used a hands-free phone to have a conversation while driving with a young child in the car.
- 47% had used a hand-held phone to have a conversation while driving with a child in the car.
- Approximately 33% of parents had read text messages while driving with their children, while 26% had sent text messages.
- 7% or one in seven of the respondents admitted to using social media while driving with their children.