New Research Shows iPhone Owners are Worse Drivers Than Android Users

The science indicates Android users drive slower and are better at turning, braking, and accelerating.
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It is safer to drive with an Android user than an iPhone owner, claims a new study from Jerry. The online car insurance service evaluated the driving behavior of 20,000 drivers who covered more than 8 million miles behind the wheel. The results were shocking and iPhone owners should be alerted to what Jerry found.

iPhone owners suck at driving

According to Jerry, Android users outperformed iPhone users in both the overall safe driving score and the individual categories. In fact, iPhone users didn’t even win at all. They trailed Android users in every single safe driving category. Android users tended to drive slower and were less distracted when driving. They also were better at turning, braking, and accelerating.

Demographics didn’t matter

Android users scored higher even when their demographics suggested they shouldn’t. For example, married people, homeowners, and college graduates are typically better drivers than those who are single, renting, or never finished high school. This trend didn’t hold true for Android and iPhone owners, though. Every demographic was turned upside down by Android owners.

You would expect married people to be more responsible behind the wheel, but nope. Jerry’s study showed that single Android owners were better drivers than those iPhone users who were married. Education didn’t matter either. According to Jerry’s survey results, Android users who never completed high school surprisingly scored higher than iPhone owners with a Ph.D. And when it came to homeownership, this trend held true again with Android renters outperforming iPhone users who owned a house.

Why this discrepancy?

Jerry’s data could not fully explain why iPhone owners tended to score lower for safe driving. In its analysis, Jerry pointed to distracted driving as one potential explanation. iPhone owners were much more likely to handle their phones than Android users when behind the wheel. No matter how you justify it, you’re not going to be a safe driver if you are always looking at your phone.

It may also come down to personality traits. Recent studies suggest Android users are more conscientious and more likely to be rule-followers than their iPhone counterparts. iPhone owners, on the other hand, are more emotional and spirited. As a result, iPhone owners may push the limits and respond more powerfully to external circumstances while driving. This emotional response could lead to faster acceleration, sharper turning, and more abrupt braking. These three behaviors undoubtedly would lower the safe driving scores.

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