77% of young adult drivers believe they can safely text and drive. Statistics show otherwise. Distracted driving is more of a problem with teenagers than with any other age group. Common distractions leading to teen driving accidents include:
Cell phone use-12%
Looking at someone else in the vehicle-10%
Looking at something outside the vehicle-9%
Singing/Listening to music-8%
Brushing hair or putting on makeup-6%
Reaching for an object-6%
Teens have the highest accident rate of any age group. In 2013, 963,000 drivers ages 16-19 were involved in accidents. These accidents resulted in 2,865 fatalities and 383,000 injuries. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recommends the prohibition of cell phone use by teen drivers and restricting passengers to one non-family member during the first six months of driving. As the number of teen passengers increase, so does the risk of a distracted driving accident.
Distracted Driving Statistics:
3,328 people were fatally injured as a result of a texting driver in 2012.
421,000 people were injured in accidents caused by texting drivers in 2012.
424,000 people were injured in accidents caused by texting drivers in 2013, an increase of 3,000 from 2012.
More Distracted Driving Statistics:
52% of teenagers ages 16-17 who own cell phones admit to talking on cell phones while driving.
48% of 12-17 year-olds say that they have been passengers in a vehicle with a driver who was dangerously distracted by a cell phone.
Distracted driving leads to at least 5,000 traffic accident fatalities every year.
Drivers spend 50% of their driving time focused on things other than driving.
Tips To Prevent Distracted Driving:
The Governors Highway safety Administration (GHSA) has published the following distracted driving tips:
- Turn it off: Turn off your phone or switch to silent mode before you get in the car.
- Spread the word: Set up a message to tell callers that you are driving and you will get back to them as soon as possible.
- Pull over: If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.
- Use your passengers: Ask a passenger to make the call for you.
- X the text: Never text and drive, surf the web or read email while driving.
- Know the law: Familiarize yourself with state and local laws before you get in the car.
- Prepare: Review maps and directions before you start driving.
- Secure your pets: Pets can be a big distraction in the car. Always properly secure your pets.
- Keep the kids safe: Pull over to a safe location to address situations with your children in the car.
- Focus on tasks at hand: Refrain from smoking, eating or any other activities that take your mind and eyes off the road.