Teens Learn Distracted Driving Behaviors from ParentsSeptember 21, 2018
When it comes to texting and driving, too many parents rely on the do as I say, not as I do philosophy. According to a recent study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, several estimates confirm that a greater percentage of adults text while driving, compared to teenage drivers. Today’s teens have grown up with smartphones, as well as the warnings about the dangers of texting while driving. When driving with their teens, it is important for parents to model the type of behavior they expect their teens to follow.
The study was conducted with researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio State University. After studying data from 35 states, they found that close to 40 percent of teen drivers age 14 and older admitted to texting while driving one or more times during the previous month. As alarming as that figure is, several estimates reveal higher percentages in adult drivers. For example, a 2014 survey conducted by AT&T found that 49 percent of all adults texted while driving, compared to 43 percent of teenagers.
Distracted Driving More Dangerous Than Drunk Driving
According to a 2013 study, more teens are fatally injured in distracted driving accidents than drunk driving accidents. Researchers believe that this is because few teens drink on a regular basis, whereas most, if not all teens carry their phones with them. In addition, while texting is a significant issue, it is not the only distracted driving behavior that can cause serious accidents. The National Safety Council estimates that, of the 26 percent of accidents caused by cell phone use, only five percent involve texting. The other 21 percent involve drivers who are talking on the phone or using a hands-free device. Other examples of distracted driving behaviors include eating, talking to other passengers, or checking the GPS system.
While the number of teen drivers who texted while behind the wheel varied by state, teens were more likely to text and drive when they were unsupervised. In addition, a study found that the states with younger driving ages also had a higher incidence of texting while driving. In other words, the earlier teens were legally allowed to drive, the earlier they started texting and driving.
Laws Prohibiting Cell Phone Use
Many states, including Maryland, are enforcing strict laws against the use of cell phones when driving. However, there are currently no federal laws against the use of cell phones when driving. Unfortunately, talking or texting while driving affects spatial processing that enables drivers to recognize and make sense of objects in the street. Parents who text while driving are teaching their children that distracted driving behavior is acceptable.
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