Teenagers have the highest crash rate among any age group, and the main cause might lie with — smart phones. In the wake of increasing numbers of phone-glued teens driving cars, AAA performed a study focused on how teenage drivers get distracted while driving using cameras in front of the wheel. The resulting footage shows how shockingly often young drivers take their eyes off the road to read texts, make phone calls, or pay attention at all.
The data AAA pulled from the study is staggering. They found that distraction caused nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes. The data also shows that distraction was a key factor in 89 percent of all road-departure crashes. In the final six seconds leading up to a crash, researchers found that drivers using their cell phone had their eyes off the road for an average of 4.1 seconds. This information is extremely unnerving considering this is something that can so easily be prevented.
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