Study: Almost everyone is using their phone while driving

Even though it is well known at this point that distracted driving is dangerous and, as of January 1, illegal, drivers still just can’t quit checking their phone while behind the wheel.

Wired looked at a new study by Zendrive which looked at the data of 3 million drivers who drove 5.6 billion miles on trips. They found that 88 percent of these drivers used their phone while driving.

These drivers spent about 3.5 minutes on their phone per one hour trip – which might not seem like much, but then a two second distraction increases the risk for crashing by 20 percent (at 55 mph, 2 seconds is the length of two basketball courts).

And while this might not be an issue once self driving cars get things worked out, in the meantime, the auto industry is not helping.