This should be a big eye opener to all teenagers, and even adults, who allow themselves to be distracted by their phones while driving. Driving should always only be driving.
Distractions – especially talking with passengers and using cellphones – play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed nearly 1,700 videos that capture the actions of teen drivers in the moments before a crash.
It found that distractions were a factor in nearly 60per cent of moderate to severe crashes. That’s four times the rate in many previous official estimates that were based on police reports.
The study is unusual because researchers rarely have access to crash videos that clearly show what drivers were doing in the seconds before impact as well as what was happening on the road.
Read more: Daily Mail