What’s Distracting Teen Drivers?

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Updated May 29, 2019

In 2013, teens were involved in 963,000 crashes, resulting in 383,000 injuries and 2,865 deaths.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a comprehensive research study in 2015 looking into the causes of teen crashes. The research results indicate distracted driving is much more serious than we all thought.

Distracted Driving Is a Factor

Researchers analyzed 1,700 videos taken from in-vehicle event recorders. Specifically, researchers studied the six seconds leading up to the accident. Researchers concluded that six out of ten moderate-to-severe teen crashes were due to distraction.

Distraction was a factor in the following cases:

  • 58 percent of all crashes studied
  • 76 percent of rear-end crashes studied
  • 89 percent of road-departure crashes studied

Common Distractions

Survey results indicate these are the most common distractions:

  • Interacting with passengers: 15 percent of crashes
  • Cellphone use: 12 percent of crashes
  • Looking at something in the vehicle: 9 percent of crashes
  • Singing/dancing: 8 percent of crashes
  • Grooming: 6 percent of crashes
  • Reaching for something in the car: 6 percent of crashes

The study also revealed that drivers using their cell phones had their eyes off the road for an average 4.1 out of the final 6 seconds leading up to the accident. Also, more than 50 percent of the time before a rear-end impact, the distracted teen drivers failed to react before the impact, meaning the crash occurred without braking.

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