11 News has video of teens caught behind the wheel, texting and talking on their phones. A new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study reveals that girls are twice as likely to be distracted while driving.
The teens in these videos knew that there were cameras in the car while they were driving, but that didn't stop them from being distracted.
In the first video, a teen is texting with her mom in the car while she's at a stoplight. It turns green, but she continues texting.
“Don’t text please. Sorry,” that’s the exchange heard between the mom and girl in the video.
We showed this video to parents, young drivers, and soon to be drivers in Colorado Springs.
"I think she should stop texting before she dies," soon-to-be driver Riley Deryk said.
"Not only was she putting herself in jeopardy, she was putting mom's life in jeopardy, that's not ok, as well as everyone else and her- ya, (pointing at son) not going to happen," mom of young drivers Lisa Gilbert said.
In the second video, a young man is talking on his phone and is forced to stop abruptly for a school bus. AAA said through this study, they've learned that teenage girls are twice as likely to reach for their phones.
AAA said the data for this report came from an analysis of video clips collected as part of a three-phase naturalistic study of 50 North Carolina families with novice teen drivers.
The first study looked at how parents supervise their teens during the learner’s stage of GDL, and the second examined how teen behaviors and driving conditions shift during the transition to unsupervised driving.
"It's not ok to text and drive it's not ok to talk on your phone and just making sure you're aware of everything that's going on around you and that you can be a safe driver," teen driver Corbyn Gilbert said.
The study also yielded that many of the distracting behaviors – including use of electronic devices – were more prevalent among the older teens in the study group, suggesting rapid changes in these behaviors as teens get more comfortable behind the wheel.
Other common distractions included reaching for an object, changing the radio station or other settings, or even eating and drinking.
A helpful hint for both teen and adult drivers to stay safer on the road- remove temptation.
So maybe keep your phone in the glove box or even better- the trunk- to help break the habit of grabbing your phone.
According to AAA 1 in 4 teens will get into a crash during their first year of driving. For more ways on how to keep your teens safe- just click on the link below, or the “Find it” tab on the top left of the KKTV.COM homepage.