When it comes to our cars, we're all over the map.

$56.7 billion

The cost of car accidents just last year and just for drivers who were working at the time, according to Motus. “A staggering 40 percent” of all auto accidents are work-related.


Drivers who “use their smartphones while driving during daylight hours,” according to TeenSafe. Even worse, “20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents cite they have extended, multi-message text conversations while they’re behind the wheel.”

78 percent

Drivers who “believe that driving and texting is a significant danger,” according to AAA. Yet “nearly 35 percent have sent a text or email” from their car.

62 percent

Car owners who feel so ripped off by mechanics, “they postpone necessary repair and maintenance check-ups,” according to  car repair start-up Wrench. Even so, car repair is a $60 billion-a-year industry.

30 minutes

The maximum time that 19 percent of Americans can drive “without checking their phone,” according to Root Insurance. Even worse, “1 in 7 drivers who are parents of children under the age of 18 admit to taking a selfie while driving.”

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Article last modified on September 10, 2018 Published by Debt.com, LLC . Mobile users may also access the AMP Version: Driving, Paying, Wrecking, And Dying - AMP.