The road can be a dangerous place, especially for young drivers. Driving while distracted by something in your car can be a deadly combination. Distractions can be especially dangerous for young, inexperienced drivers.
Although the dangers of distracted driving are well known, many young drivers seem to ignore the risks. A recent study by Bridgestone Americas surveyed drivers between ages 15 and 21 about distracted driving.
The study found that more than 50 percent of young drivers were aware that distracted driving was dangerous. However, the drivers felt that they were in control of the risks and, therefore, the dangers do not apply to them.
The study also found that:
- One out of three young drivers admitted to reading a text while driving
- Two out of three young drivers believed they were very safe drivers
- One-half believed their parents would think they were very safe drivers
- One out of four did not believe talking on the phone while driving is dangerous
The study found that girls are much more likely than boys to engage in distracting behavior while driving. Almost all participants in the study claim that their parents engage in distracted driving more often than they do.
The study concluded that because very few young drivers have been driving long enough to be in an accident, few realize the actual potential consequences of their actions. A driver who has not been in an accident simply does not understand the possible consequences. Unfortunately, it only takes one instance of distracted driving to cause a potentially deadly accident.
Source: NY Daily News, "Distracted driving risks ignored by youngsters," Josh Max, April 30, 2012