In the ongoing battle to get more drivers to put down their phones while they're behind the wheel, a new report from State Farm insurance company is a sobering reminder that there's still a long road ahead.
But while the biggest culprit for these distractions continues to be texting and driving, another dangerous habit is becoming more prevalent: Accessing the Internet from the driver's seat.
State Farm's latest survey, released Tuesday, found an increase in the percentage of drivers who are using their phone to surf the Web, when they should be keeping their eyes and mind on the road.
Chris Mullen, State Farm's director of technology research, attributed this trend to the prevalence of smartphones, saying 88 percent of the survey's approximately 1,000 respondents owns one of these devices.
"They have the opportunity now to access these features and these functions [using the Internet] that weren't available in phones just a few years ago," he said. "With that opportunity comes the temptation to want to check some of these other sites beyond just a text."