New Report Gives Insight Into Teen Driving Habits

by WHIZ Reporter on March 27, 2012 at 6:41 am

A new study is showing some alarming statistics involving distracted driving among Teens.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently conducted a study looking at distractions among Newly licensed teen drivers.

The study found that the use of electronics such as cell phones, and music players are the leading cause of distraction for all teens.

AAA Spokeswoman Kimberly Schwind said these results should alert parents to educate their children about the dangers of distracted driving.

"This should set off red flags– a big warning to parents and teen drivers that this distracted driving especially the use of cell phones is very prevalent and very dangerous," said Schwind.

The study shows teenage girls are twice as likely to use cell phones and electronic devices while driving, while teenage boys are more likely to turn around in their seats, and communicate with people outside of the vehicle.

Schwind said electronics aren’t the only things that can be distracting to teens.

"It’s not only electronic devices there are many other distractions that can lead to car crashes, such as adjusting controls, grooming, eating, talking with passengers, horseplay– these were all recorded within the study," added Schwind.

According to the study, drivers are six times more likely to have a serious accident when there is a loud conversation in the vehicle.