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Teen Drivers More Distracted Than Thought

In its comprehensive study of the crash videos of teenage drivers, AAA found distractions were a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes.  That figure is four times higher than many official estimates based on police reports.

The most common forms of distraction include:

Interacting with one or more passengers – 15%

Cell phone use – 12%

Looking at something in the vehicle – 10%

Looking at something outside the vehicle – 9%

Singing/moving to music – 8%

Personal grooming – 6%

Reaching for an object – 6%

From The Standard, April 17, 2015

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