The most comprehensive research ever conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious a problem than previously known, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The unprecedented video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. Researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied; including 89 percent of road-departure crashes and 76 percent of rear-end crashes. NHTSA previously has estimated that distraction is a factor in only 14 percent of all teen driver crashes.
The most common forms of distraction leading up to a crash by a teen driver included:
- Interacting with one or more passengers: 15% of crashes
- Cell phone use: 12% of crashes
- Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
- 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
- Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
- The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
- Looking at something in the vehicle: 10% of crashes
- Looking at something outside the vehicle: 9% of crashes
- Singing/moving to music: 8% of crashes
- Grooming: 65 of crashes
- Reaching for an object: 6% of crashes
Parents play a critical role in preventing distracted driving. AAA recommends that parents teach teens about the dangers of cell phone use and restrict passengers during the learning-to-drive process. Before parents begin practice driving with teens, they should create a parent-teen driving agreement that includes strict ground rules related to distraction. AAA offers a comprehensive driver education program, where teens can learn specifically how using a cell phone affects driving abilities and increases their crash risk. For more information, visit: http://teendriving.aaa.com/MO/
This is also a good website to look into for info on distracted driving: http://distracteddriveraccidents.com/blog/
Or you can sign the ‘It can wait” pledge here: https://www.itcanwait.com/
Drive safe out there!