DETROIT – Are we ‘Driving dumber’ in smarter cars? Drivers with advanced safety tech are taking more risks, a new survey contends.

State Farm recently conducted an online survey and found that Americans who drive vehicles with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) or Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), both advanced driver assist features, admit to using their smart phones while driving at significantly higher rates than those without the latest tech. Drivers with advanced safety tech in their vehicles are taking more risks

The State Farm survey shows the following behaviors in people driving smarter cars vs cars without these advance features .

  • Read or sent messages while driving – 62% of people with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) or Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), vs. 49% and 51% without those features.
  • Interacting with cell phone apps – 56% and 54% with ACC and LKA vs 42% and 44% without them
  • Holding phone while talking in the car – 60% and 63% with ACC and LKA vs 50% and 51% without them.
  • Manually entering a phone number – 52% and 56% with ACC and LKA vs 38% without them

Drivers still need to stay engaged when behind the wheel. This type of advanced safety technology is there to assist the driver, not replace the driver. Here are some tips to be as smart as your smart car while you drive:

 DO NOT

  • Read or send text messages or emails.
  • Talk on the phone unless its connected to the car audio
  • Take selfies or film videos
  • Enter destinations into GPS while the car is moving

PLEASE DO:

  • Pull over and park in a safe location if it is necessary to use your phone.
  • Set your phone to send an automatic reply while you are driving.
  • Ask your passenger to make a call or text for you.
  • Nothing that takes your attention away from your number one task — driving safe.

Additional Resources: 

State Farm survey results: https://newsroom.statefarm.com/distracted-driving-advanced-tech?cmpid=PArel071519ddadas