Evidence has always suggested that teenage drivers are more dangerous than
other motorists for several reasons, but mainly due to their propensity
to become distracted during important tasks. The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that around 15% of collisions
involving teenagers were due to distractions. In the name of science and
safety, the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic
Safety has conducted a study – the first of its kind in scale and
focus – to test the NHTSA’s estimation for accuracy.
Using dashboard cameras that pointed out the windshield and back to the
driver, the AAA was able to collect nearly 7,000 videos of teenage drivers
behind the wheel all across the country. Out of those videos, about 1,700
showed incidents of car accidents or hard-braking (slamming on the brakes)
to narrowly avoid a collision. A staggering 60% of those crashes directly
involved some form of distraction, cellphone use and conversing with a
passenger being the two biggest culprits. As the evidence was so widespread
and comprehensive, it is being extrapolated to teenage driver car accidents
the country over, suggesting that the NHTSA’s estimate was only
25% of the reality.
Correcting the Problem
What needs to also be addressed is that not every moment of serious distraction
led to a collision. Therefore, the number of crashes is actually smaller
than the number of dangerous situations created. So what is going on for
so many teenage drivers to be behaving so recklessly?
Safety organizations like the AAA and NHTSA believe this new information
could suggest that young drivers simply do not have an understanding of
the rules of the road. They may also lack the ability to comprehend the
consequences of a serious car accident. By strengthening examinations
for driver’s licenses in all states, as well as creating more accident
awareness courses, it could help resolve this growing problem.
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