Most Dangerous Distraction for Teen DriversApril 10, 2019
Teen drivers are notorious for using their phones to talk and text while they are driving, even though many states have passed laws prohibiting the use of smartphones while driving. While this continues to be a serious problem among teen drivers, more car accidents are caused by reaching for objects in the car, compared to talking or texting on the phone. In fact, a study found that teens who reach for something when they are behind the wheel are nearly seven times more likely to be in a car accident compared to drivers who keep their attention on the road.
According to the lead study author of the National Institutes of Health, teens tend to be easily distracted when driving because of their limited driving experience and lack of maturity. In addition, they tend to overestimate their ability to multitask. Teens are also more likely to adopt the latest technologies, including accessibility in newer vehicle models. Unfortunately, these distractions can be very dangerous for young drivers, and the other motorists sharing the road.
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This latest study brings much-needed attention to the fact that any type of activity that takes a teen’s attention away from the road can result in a serious car accident. The researchers installed cameras and sensors in cars used by 82 newly licensed teen drivers. The technology detected whether the distractions had an impact on the number of car accidents. They discovered the following results:
- In 51 percent of the accidents, teen drivers engaged in at least one other task while they were driving. In 56 percent of the time, this behavior did not result in an accident.
- Teens interacted with other passengers 21 percent of the time, but this did not have a significant impact on crashes.
- In 10 percent of the crashes, drivers used manual cell phones, rather than hands-free devices.
- Reaching for an object in the car, such as a snack, drink, or something on the floor occurred in 11 percent of crashes.
- When drivers’ attention was distracted from the road, there was a 41 percent crash risk related to cell phone use. Handling other objects accounted for 10 percent of the risk.
Technology can be very distracting to teen drivers who are less experienced behind the wheel. Experienced drivers are better able to compensate for mistakes they make due to distracted driving, compared to newly licensed drivers. In addition, experienced drivers are more likely to make smarter choices when it comes to their smartphones. Parents should set a good example for their children by always keeping their attention on the road and making sure that their phone is away.
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