A viral video created by AAA, the insurance company, shows exactly how dangerous teens can be behind the wheel when distracted. The video highlights how cell phone use and other distractions can cause teens to lose concentration on the road. The unprecedented video analysis found that distraction while driving was actually a more prevalent factor in teen auto accidents than previously thought.
AAA video analysis of moderate-to-severe teen crashes found that nearly six out of 10 were the result of distracted driving. This means that distracted teen drivers are responsible for crashes four times as much as police reports indicate. Some of the video footage used in the video analysis can be seen above. When watching the video, it is easy to see why these drivers are having a hard time staying on the road. Many of the drivers seem to have their eyes completely averted from the road for extended periods of time. With video cameras recording the happenings inside and outside of the vehicle, it is easy to see what the teens missed while they tended to other tasks aside from driving.
According to AAA, as more teens have technology on the road, more people are feeling unsafe while driving.
“More than 80% of drivers in the annual AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index cite distraction as a serious problem and a behavior that makes them feel less safe on the road. Nearly half of all people who say they feel less safe than they did five years ago say distracted driving by other drivers fuels their concerns.”
However, the in-car video study of teen drivers suggests that others on the road are rightfully concerned. In fact, the startling study indicates that teen drivers are distracted nearly a quarter of the time they are behind the wheel. Electronic devices, such as texting, emails, and downloading music, were among the biggest distractions found in the study.
Does AAA’s findings startle you? What do you think should be done to curb the number of teens driving while distracted?