Survey of Teens Reveals A Variety Of Driver Distractions
According to a recent survey published in the Journal of Transportation Safety & Security, teen drivers do a lot of things while behind the wheel and surprisingly, its not just talking or texting on the phone. The driver distractions for teens may come as a surprise. Shockingly, 27 percent of the teens surveyed, do a variety of things while driving, including changing their clothes and shoes while operating a motor vehicle.
But that’s not the most surprising action that teens admitted to doing while driving behind the wheel. In addition to putting on makeup, teen drivers have also changed contact lens and have even admitted to doing their homework while driving.
According to David Hurwitz, Assistant Professor of Transportation Engineering at Oregon State University and the lead author of the study,
“We were pretty surprised at the changing clothes bit”
Professor Hurwitz went on to confirm that teens have little awareness of the risks when it come to distracted driving. The study also suggested that any action that will take a driver’s eyes off the road and brain off the task of driving for two seconds or longer could increase the chance of a collision from four to 24 times and this is alarming for all drivers who share the road.
Distracted Driving Risks Need To Be Understood By Teens
In their summary, the research team suggested that teens should be involved in interactive drivers’ education and be exposed to the risks resulting from multi-tasking. The professor suggested that if teens are involved in the process of seeing the risks of distracted driving. they may be more likely to understand the dangers of their actions while behind the wheel and ultimately refrain from those actions knowing the dire consequences.Professor Hurwitz suggests that active learning when it comes to distracted driving can be more beneficial than just having students sitting and listening to a lecture on distracted driving.
Active learning is a key component to the drivers education program offered by Young Drivers of Canada. The program consists of a combination of theory and in-car application, allowing students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom portion on the road. Active learning is an opportunity for students to see what they are doing wrong Distracted driving remains one of the top causes of collisions on today’s roads but as educators, Young Drivers of Canada is determined to ensure their graduates have the necessary tools to avoid distracted driving while behind the wheel.