This is National Teen Driver Safety Week and State Farm Insurance released their results of a study of young drivers and their behaviors behind the wheel. State Farm Nebraska spokesperson Ann Avery says the results are concerning. It shows that 90% of those taking part know it is dangerous to drive and text but 44% admit to doing it anyway. When asked to choose the top three things that would deter them from picking up the phone, concern about crashing was the number one reason. That was followed closely by the fear of getting stopped by police and by arriving safely at their destination.
It isn’t just texting that distracts teens. Avery says those taking part in the survey were asked what else distracts them behind the wheel and 94% stated that talking to a passenger took their attention away from the road. Other distractions included listening to the GPS system and searching for music.
Sixty-seven percent of teen drivers report using their cellphone while at a red light makes them more likely to use it compared to when the vehicle his moving. Three-quarters of teens report they were less likely to use their phone when an adult is in the vehicle with them compared to 58% who were less likely to use the phone when other teens were present. At least two-thirds say they would leave the phone alone while driving in bad weather.