Distracted Driving: 7 Bad Habits You Don't Know You Have

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We know that texting while driving can be deadly – and illegal in many states – but that doesn’t seem to stop the majority of drivers: 75 percent of drivers surveyed by Erie Insurance said they’ve seen other drivers doing it.

The average text forces a driver traveling at 55 mph to divert his or her eyes for five seconds, long enough to cover the length of a football field, according to distraction.gov. Drivers in their 20s are especially susceptible to mobile distractions, comprising 38 percent of fatal accidents involving cell phones.

Unfortunately, the number of drivers using an electronic device while in motion is on the rise. The percentage of drivers visibly using a handheld device surged to 2.2 percent in 2014 from 1.7 percent a year prior, “a statistically significant” increase, according to the NHTSA. 

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