Teen girls are twice as likely as boys to use cellphones and other electronic devices while driving, according to researchers who analyzed in-car video clips of American teen drivers’ behavior.
Electronic devices were the most common type of distracted driving behavior for both genders, but there were a number of other types of distractions, found the study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The video clips were from unsupervised teen drivers in 50 North Carolina families.
“Cellphones, texting, personal grooming, and reaching for things in the car were among the most common distracting activities found when cameras were put in new teen drivers’ cars,” President and CEO Peter Kissinger said in a foundation news release.
“This new study provides the best view we’ve had about how and when teens engage in distracted driving behaviors believed to contribute to making car crashes the leading cause of death for teenagers,” he added.
The use of electronic devices was the leading cause of distracted driving behaviors in 7 percent of all the video clips analyzed by the researchers. Other types of distractions were noted in 15 percent of the video clips. The most common were adjusting controls, personal grooming and eating or drinking.
Older teens were more likely to engage in distracting behaviors while driving, which suggests that these behaviors increase as teens get more comfortable behind the wheel.