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Slideshow: Five Surprising Facts About Driving Distractions

You probably know that texting and driving is dangerous, but do you know what other driving distractions put teen drivers at risk?

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1. NBut does he know that inexperienced teen drivers (under 20 years old) are more likely have a fatal crash?

“Policy Statement and Compiled FAQs on Distracted Driving.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2. What these happy-go-lucky teens may not realize is that for a teen driver, having two teen passengers doubles the risk for a fatal crash, and three or more teen passengers quadruples–yes, that’s four times–a teen driver’s risk for a fatal crash.
“Understanding the Distracted Brain: Why Driving While Using Hands-Free Cell Phones is Risky Behavior.” National Safety Council. April 2012.

“Teen Driver Risk in Relation to Age and Number of Passengers.” AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. May 2012.

3. Twenty-six percent of all accidents involve drivers talking and texting on phones.

“Annual Estimate of Cell Phone Crashes 2012.” National Safety Council. 2014

4. Probably not that studies show it’s just as risky to talk on a hands-free device while driving as it is to talk on a handheld phone when driving. Hard to believe, but that’s because phone conversations distract the brain, whether they take place via a handheld or hands-free phone.

“Understanding the Distracted Brain: Why Driving While Using Hands-Free Cell Phones is Risky Behavior.” National Safety Council. April 2012.

5. Texting and driving (either typing and sending a text or reading a text) doubles a driver’s reaction time; and when you’re driving, every second matters.

“An Investigation of the Effects of Reading and Writing Text-Based Messages While Driving.” J Cooper, et al. Center for Transportation Safety, Texas A&M Transportation Institute. August 2011



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