Its no secret there’s a texting and driving epidemic among teens. However, a new study shows distracted driving plays a much bigger role than we realized.
A recent Automobile Association of America (AAA) study finds that distraction is a factor in 58 percent of moderate to severe teenage accidents.
Even worse, according to the study, half of distracted teen drivers were so consumed with technology they when they caused rear-end auto accidents, they were still driving at full speed. To put that in perspective, thats four times the U.S. government estimate of 14 percent.
Its proof that while technology lets you text and send emails while driving; multi-tasking behind the wheel can be dangerous.
Hands-Free, Mind Busy
Hands-free phones also pose a problem. Because while drivers may have their hands on the wheel, research shows their minds might not necessarily be focused on their driving.
The AAA study found that speech-to-text devices require so much concentration in many cases they undermine attention to driving.
From changing a radio station to sending an email, the technology is voice-activated to dictate demands. However, also researchers made a disturbing discovery, they noticed delayed reaction time which could result in an accident.
In an effort to curb this dangerous behavior behind the wheel, AAA is now urging the states to pass tougher cell phone and passenger restrictions on teen drivers.
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