Study Reveals Teen Driver Attitudes, Behavior When Behind the Wheel

By Trevor Dorchies | April 25, 2012
Thanks to a study by Bridgestone Americas, we have evidence to back up what everyone already knows; teens are distracted even while driving. The study surveyed 2,000 drivers ranging in age from 15 to 21 years old and the results should surprise no one. Out of the 2,000 drivers polled, one-third of them admitted to reading a text while driving. Around one-fifth have typed a text message at least once when behind the wheel and a quarter of those questioned don't believe talking on the phone while driving is dangerous. The study actually uncovered that the majority of teens view texting while driving less dangerous than driving under the influence. It was also discovered that girls are much more distracted behind the wheel when compared to boys and many teens have seen their parents drive distracted as well. The Department of Transportation has released this video which can be seen below to reiterate the fact that driving while distracted is just as dangerous as getting behind the wheel after a long night of abusing your liver. The survey concludes that driving while on your cell phone is dangerous whether you're a seasoned commuter or still on your learner's permit. Check out the video in its entirety below.

Source: Department of Transportation