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EverQuote 2017 Safe Driving Report Shows Cell Phone Use, Speeding and Harsh Braking Account for Most Dangerous Driving Activities
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The majority of drivers in the United States (92%) uses their phone while behind the wheel. That's according to the data released today from EverQuote, Inc., the leading online insurance marketplace in the U.S. matching drivers with insurance providers based on price and coverage needs.
The 2017 Safe Driving Report, which analyzed EverDrive driving data(1) from more than 2.7 million vehicle trips and 230 million miles driven(2), reveals that a deadly combination of speeding and cell phone use while driving is a common and dangerous driving habit across the United States. The report, which ranks each habit from a low of one to a high of 100, indicated that drivers nationally received an average safe driving rate of 79, classifying them as "C" students if these grades were test scores. The EverDrive app uses technology built into phones to measure and rank driving behavior including speed, use of the phone while driving, hard braking, hard turns and risky acceleration.
According to the report data, drivers scored the lowest in the speeding while driving category, with a national safety rating average of 79. More than one third (36%) of all trips taken involved speeding 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Using the phone while driving received a score of 80, with 38% of drives containing at least one phone use event. While drivers used their phones during a higher percentage of trips versus speeding, speeding typically lasts for a longer amount of time per each drive. Other driving habits ranked include hard braking (83), risky acceleration (85), and hard turns (86). Additional findings of the EverQuote 2017 Safe Driving Report show:
"We hope this data sheds light on actual driving habits versus people's perception of their driving skills," said Seth Birnbaum, CEO of EverQuote. "Our goal is to empower drivers to use their scores to improve their driving skills and ultimately make the roads safer for themselves and the 214 million drivers on the roads across the U.S."
For more information about the EverQuote 2017 Safe Driving Report and to learn more about preventing distracted driving, read the full Safe Driving Report.
Founded in 2011, EverQuote, Inc. operates the largest online insurance marketplace. The company's data & technology platform unites drivers with agents and carriers to deliver great rates and coverage while maximizing policies sold for insurance providers. EverQuote was founded with the vision of applying a scientific, data-driven approach to help consumers find the best price and coverage for their individual insurance needs while driving down costs for insurance providers. For more information, visit EverQuote.com and follow on Twitter @EverQuoteInsure.
(1) The EverDrive app derives measurements from several components inside the phone, including: GPS, accelerometer, device screen on/off and gyroscope. The app measures and ranks driving skills, from 0 to 100, based on the following factors:
(2) Data was collected between April 6, 2016 and March 6, 2017.
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