A new study by the AAA Foundation suggests that the risks for a Pensacola distracted driver accident may not be equal among all new teen drivers. The study reveals that although both males and females use electronic devices while behind the wheel, teen girls are twice as likely as teen boys to engage in this risky activity.

“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,” said AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger. “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.”

In addition to being more likely to use electronic devices while driving, female teen drivers were nearly 10 percent more likely to engage in other distracted behaviors, such as reaching for an object in the vehicle (nearly 50 percent more likely than males) and eating or drinking (nearly 25 percent more likely). Males, on the other hand, were roughly twice as likely to turn around in their seats while driving, and were also more likely to communicate with people outside of the vehicle.

“The gender differences with regard to distraction observed in this study raise some points that we’ll want to investigate in future projects,” Kissinger said. “Every insight we gain into driver behavior has the potential to lead us to new risk management strategies.”

The staff at Taylor, Warren, and Weidner, P.A.  urges all parents to talk to their teens about safe driving practices before handing over the keys to the family car, and we encourage reducing distracted driving behaviors among drivers of every age.



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