Most would agree that young and inexperienced drivers pose a threat when they get behind the wheel, if for no other reason than their lack of experience. However, given the prevalence of cell phones among teens, young drivers are increasingly becoming a danger due to their frequent use of a cell phone while driving.
In fact, a recent study suggests that teenage drivers who text while driving are more likely to engage in other dangerous driving habits, such as speeding, aggressive driving, failing to wear a seatbelt, and driving under the influence. According to one industry news source discussing the new study, an astonishing 80% of teens admit to using their smartphone while driving. Smartphone use is not limited to talking and texting, moreover. The survey respondents admitted to watching videos, browsing the internet, and even playing games while driving.
The study considered roughly 1,000 teens aged 16 to 19 years old and asked them about their driving habits. The results indicate that there is a direct link between smartphone use while driving and being involved in an accident. In fact, the teens who reported being involved in an accident were three times as likely to admit using their phone while behind the wheel. The survey revealed other interesting facts about teen drivers as well: