71% of Young Canadian Drivers Don’t Consider Using Their Phones While Driving a Distraction


According to a new report from Canadian Underwriter, 71 percent of young Canadian drivers do not consider using their phones while driving to be very distracting.

The data comes from a new poll conducted by national charity Parachute. This year, National Teen Driver Safety Week will run from October 16 to 22 and will aim to educate young drivers about road safety.

Parachute and State Farm Canada are teaming up this year to reduce the number of distracted and drug-impaired drivers. The poll, which included Canadian transgender youth (aged 16-24) for the first time, found that 39 percent of young Canadian drivers admit they text behind the wheel.


The report found that 19 percent of all fatal crashed in Canada were caused by distracted teen drivers. In a statement, Parachute’s interim CEO Pamela Fuselli said:

“It’s concerning that while many teens are still choosing to use their phones while driving when research shows that texting behind the wheel is the same as driving with your eyes closed for five seconds.”

To learn more about Parachute’s initiatives in your city and province, check out their website which gives you full information on how to participate. Please share this information with all your friends and family through your favourite means (social media or otherwise) and help raise awareness of distracted driving, which will save innocent lives on the road.

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  • sully54

    I remember how stupid I was in my teens.

  • swotam

    Yeah, but odds are there were no smartphones when you were in your teens, so the most distracting thing you likely did while driving was fiddling with the radio or looking for a CD.

  • swotam

    So, in other words, 71% of young Canadian drivers are stupid. No doubt the small percentage of those drivers who wrap their car around a tree while checking Facebook will change their minds afterwards.

  • sully54

    No no, we had cellphones in my teens. Distracted driving was very much a thing, even 10 years ago.

  • swotam

    True enough, and wasn’t suggesting that there were no distractions, just that they were less significant. I didn’t have a cell when I was a teen (late 80’s), mostly because hardly anyone did and they were freaking expensive, so most of my teen in-car distractions were looking for a cassette (0_0) or eating.

    I think it would be more accurate to say that the level of distraction is significantly higher these days, since a pre-2007 cell phone (with the exception of a BlackBerry) was mostly used for phone calls and occasional texts, whereas today it’s a constant barrage of push notifications and “stuff” that presents a significant distraction. Not to mention people driving while playing Pokemon Go…

  • Of course they don’t. If they did, they’d all be silently admitting what they’re doing is wrong.

  • johnnygoodface

    Stupid…. hmmm… I think it’s more like a God complex: they feel invincible. I also don’t think that we don’t have enough experience or enough brain cells at that age…. I’m almost not joking here!

  • xxxJDxxx

    There are more driving fatalities using drugs than alcohol? Source?

  • xxxJDxxx

    RCMP don’t seem to consider using their phones while driving a distraction. I wonder what percentage of the public is capable of achieving RCMP levels of driving skill to be able to use their phones safely while driving? I’m sure it’s taken them decades of training.