A first-of-its-kind study used actual video clips of teen drivers to determine that teenage girls are more likely than teenage boys to use some sort of electronic device while driving. This type of driving behavior is already known to be a contributing factor in causing motor vehicle accidents that lead to serious injuries and death.
The results of the study were released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study had compiled data by examining video recordings that were taken from the inside of 50 cars. These recordings would start when there was some kind of a driving event, like sudden braking or sharp turning. In total there were 24,085 video clips taken of 52 different teen drivers. From those, more than 7,500 of the video clips were examined.
In 6.7 percent of the videos, the drivers were seen using some sort of electronic device while driving. However, it was found that older teen drivers were more likely to be using these devices than younger teen drivers. The thought is that while many new drivers are quick to follow the law and not talk and text while driving, over time -- when people get more comfortable driving -- they are more likely to become relaxed when it comes to the risks associated with talking and texting while behind the wheel.
Of the videos, it was also discovered that female teen drivers were twice as likely as male drivers to use an electronic device while driving.
Aside from using some sort of electronic device while driving, other distracted driving behaviors that were also seen in the videos were turning around, adjusting the different controls on the vehicle, reading, reaching for something else in the vehicle, communicating with someone outside of the actual vehicle, eating or drinking while driving and being concerned with some sort of personal hygiene.
All of these are examples of distractions that cause a driver to not be paying full attention while driving and could therefore lead to an accident.