Even with the countless ads and news stories offering a constant barrage of information about the dangers of distracted driving, people continue to push the limits by trying to multitask when getting behind the wheel. In fact, according to the McKinsey Mobility of the Future Report, 35% of 2000 surveyed drivers surveyed admitted to using their smartphones while driving. Of those surveyed, 89% used the phone for a call, 68% for navigation, 39% for instant messaging and 31% to check emails.
While Smartphone apps offer numerous apps that are geared toward hands-free phone use, this has not deterred people from picking up their phones while driving. Teens are particularly guilty of this type of distracted driving since they seem to live most of their lives electronically. This fact has many people wondering just who is worse with their distracted driving habits — boys or girls?
Boys vs. Girls
According to a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study, girls top the boys in distracted driving. The 50-page analysis was taken from researchers watching numerous video clips (while taping teen drivers in the car) taken from 50 North Carolina families that had teen drivers in the home. What they found was that of the 7,858 clips taken during a 6-month time period, girls were almost twice as likely to use their electronic devices while driving than boys. The girls were also 10% more likely to be distracted reaching for things, and 25% more likely to be distracted while eating or drinking.
“Cell phones, texting, personal grooming and reaching for things in the car were among the most common distracting activities found when cameras were put in new teen drivers’ cars,” AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger said in a press release. “This new study provides the best view we’ve had about how and when teens engage in distracted driving behaviors believed to contribute to making car crashes the leading cause of death for teenagers.”
While the study highlights the fact that girls top the boys in distracted driving, boys do not fall too far behind the girls. Distracted driving causes countless car accidents every year, which is the leading cause of teenage death in the country. In terms of teenage driving, parents need to be more informed about their teens’ driving behavior so that they can try to intervene if their children are prone to distractions while driving. While parental intervention may not stop this dangerous behavior completely, it may help prevent some potentially fatal car accidents from happening, and that’s a good start.
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At Holzer Edwards, we have a team of attorneys that are dedicated to helping individuals and families receive compensation for injuries that could have been avoided. Our lawyers specialize in distracted driving cases, so please give us a call today at (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.