No one is immune to being distracted while driving. Whether someone has been driving for a few months, several years, or more than half of their life, it is possible for drivers to get distracted at a moment’s notice. However, according to research, some drivers are more likely to be distracted than others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that teen drivers are most at risk for distracted driving. In particular, the CDC noted that motor vehicle crashes between the ages of 16-19 were higher than any other age group and that drivers in this age range are three times as likely to die in a crash. The research further showed that male drivers were the most at risk for fatal crashes at nearly twice the rate of female drivers in the same age group. So why does this happen?
The most critical factor to teens and distracted driving is the lack of experience on the road. Teen drivers are more likely to become distracted whether that be through a device while in their vehicle or a passenger for example.
Leading By Example
If a teen driver has seen their parent or friends text while driving, they may be more likely to commit the same practice. While in the back of their head, they may recognize that this is not a safe practice, they may also justify the action by telling themselves that if others can do it, they can do it too.
Freedom for Curiosity
Drivers usually take in a different view of their surroundings when they’re behind the wheel compared to being a passenger. That could lead to easy distractions. For example, a teen driver may be more likely to commit rubbernecking past an accident scene while a more experienced driver may be more focused on the road ahead.
Injured by a Distracted Driver?
It’s no surprise that distracted driving is a significant problem on the roads. The CDC says eight people die each day because of distracted driving with dozens more injured.
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