Cell Phones More Distracting Than Previously Realized
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Mar 31, 2015 in Auto Accidents
Its no secret that distracted driving among teens is a problem. However, it turns out its a bigger problem than we previously thought.
Officials at AAA looked at 1,700 accident videos and found six out of 10 crashes were caused by distracted teen drivers. The study says this is four times as many as some previous government estimates.
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Researchers found teen drivers who manipulated their cell phones (calling, texting) had their eyes off the road for an average of 4.1 out of the final 6 seconds leading up to a crash.
Among the top three distractions captured on camera:
- Interacting with a passenger
- Cell phone usage
- Looking at something outside their car
AAA recommends that parents teach teens about the dangers of cell phone use and restrict passengers during the learning-to-drive process.
Did you know that cell phones are distracting even when youre not using them?
Researchers say studies show the irresistibility of cell phones causes the user to become distracted, even more so than face-to-face conversations.
Researchers then put the theory to the test. Two groups of students were given assignments. The catch: one group was allowed to keep their phones in view; the other group was told to put them where they couldnt see them.
The result: the group who couldnt see their phones did significantly better on tasks, especially the more challenging ones.
Teen drivers have the highest crash rate of any age group and safety experts encourage parents to reinforce the importance of focusing on the road at all times.
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