Is Distracted Driving Increasing During the Pandemic?

The recently published Zendrive Collision Report analyzed 86,000 crashes and 185 billion miles of data to determine how the pandemic has changed the way Americans drive. According to the report, there was a 63 percent increase in collisions per million miles between January and November of 2020. Apparently, more people are taking Zoom calls, looking at Instagram, or watching TV on their phones while driving than ever before; 57 percent of all crashes involved phone use, 16.8 percent of which such use occurred five seconds prior to impact. Other bad driving behaviors have increased as well; the report shows that 17 percent of crashes involved speeding and 75 percent involved hard braking.