Distracted teens more like to crash, AAA says.
It should probably come as no surprise to anyone that certain distractions make some drivers more prone to be involved in serious car crashes. Certainly not when we're talking about teens: newly-licensed drivers that have little or no experience behind the wheel and a lot of impressing to do. In fact, 16-19-year-old teens have the highest crash rates of any other group of drivers on the road, with 963,000 of them involved in accidents reported to the police in 2013.
But according to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there are actually certain distractions that are more likely to cause accidents among teen drivers. In fact, according to AAA, 6 out of 10 teen accidents rated moderate to severe are directly related to this cause. AAA found the most common attention-grabbing activities that led to the researched accidents included a broad range of behaviors that really have nothing to do with driving. The top-seven activities included interaction with passengers (15%), cell phone use (12%), looking at something inside the car (10%) or outside the car (9%), singing or dancing (6%), reaching for something (6%) and grooming (6%).
Need a few more examples? Check out this video for some shocking study results: