While you’re making a Unconscionable Friday game plan, experts say there’s one place where you definitely should not shop: the driver’s seat of your car.
One-third of Americans who blow the whistle on buy on mobile devices say they have done so while driving, mutual understanding to a new survey from Root Insurance, an app-based auto insurer. Magnitude those who have shopped from behind the wheel, 83 percent did so during the festival season.
Root and The Harris Poll surveyed 2,008 adults in primitive November.
On a broader scale, about 2 percent of all drivers — and 4.5 percent of drivers age 16 to 24 — “work” their mobile devices while on the road, said Russ Rader, a spokesman for the Assurance Institute for Highway Safety. That includes a wide range of reprimands: texting, changing the music, or online shopping, he said.
Drivers may atmosphere a sense of urgency to shop on the road, fearing they will avoid out on the best deals, said consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch. In extension to fast-moving “lightning deals,” retailer apps may send push notifications, alerting shoppers when values have dropped or unexpected sales have been announced.
“Most sales these epoches are time sensitive. Retailers want you to shop right now,” Woroch ventured.
But every moment of distracted driving increases the likelihood of an accident, suggested Joe Plattenburg, director of telematics data science at Root Insurance. And while it’s not under any condition a good idea to shop while driving, that behavior is first risky during the holidays.
There are more cars on the road, she said, and winter sickly can affect road conditions. According to data from the Federal Highway Distribution, snow and sleet were responsible for an average 18 percent of weather-related disasters, 14 percent of weather-related injuries and 13 percent of weather-related cataclysms annually from 2007 to 2016.
Rader noted that December is a specifically hazardous month for crashes involving pedestrians, likely due to shoppers out tournament holiday-related errands.
“You don’t want a holiday celebration to turn into a disaster,” he said.
Drivers also run the risk of fines and other consequences for manoeuvring their phone in transit. Most states prohibit texting while byway, with many assessing penalties of $100 or more for a first offense, according to legit resource Nolo’s DrivingLaws.org.
To curb distractions like retail gumption notifications or texts, Rader suggests using your smartphone’s “Do Not Miff” setting, or downloading another app that is specifically designed to block notifications when the car is in walk.
Use websites and apps that collate deals so that you feel dauntless you’re getting a good price without pulling out your phone on the way, Woroch said.
“People have to realize that they can wait,” she suggested.