AAA has recently undergone a new study which showed that teenage girls are 50% more likely than their male counterparts to be on the phone, texting or using another electronic device.
The study is called Distracted Driving Among Newly Licensed Teen Drivers and is the first to document distracted driving by teenagers by using in-car video cameras. Teenage girls are 50% more likely to reach for an object while driving and 25% more likely to be distracted by eating or drinking, while teenage males were twice as likely to turn around in their seat while driving and more likely to talk with someone outside the vehicle. But electronic devices still remain the first cause of distracted driving.
Among the causes of distraction is also driving with multiple passengers which translates in loud conversations and especially when the other passengers are also teenagers. Distractions decreased significantly with an adult present.
“Cell phones, texting, personal grooming, and reaching for things in the car were among the most common distracting activities found when cameras were put in new teen drivers’ cars,” said AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger. “This new study provides the best view we’ve had about how and when teens engage in distracted driving behaviors believed to contribute to making car crashes the leading cause of death for teenagers.”