Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

April 16th, 2012
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Teen Driving Car

A recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded that female teens are more likely to use electronic devices while driving than males. 52 teenage drivers were selected to participate in the study.

The data was collected using DriveCam. When specific event triggers occurred, abrupt braking, swerving etc, the recording device would turn on and take a few minute video clip. The results were taken from a sampling pool of over 24 thousand video clips.

Not only were females twice as likely to use electronic devices such as cell phones, they are also more likely to become distracted by passengers and slightly more likely to divert attention from the road.

Males, were twice as likely to turn around while driving. However, females were more likely to adjust radio and control settings frequently. Female drivers also reach for objects while driving more prevalently then males.

Out of all of the result data shown, regardless of the female infatuation with electronic devices or the male driver compulsion to speak eye to eye with members of the backseat, loud conversation proved to be the distraction that caused the most accidents. Loud conversations and horseplay increase drastically when the number of teenage peers in a vehicle increases, and more so at night.

For more information regarding this report follow the link below. It is well detailed and contains tabulated data for many factors and scenarios with electronic device use, driver distraction, and outlines everything from the event triggers chosen to the percentages of actual incidents related to each activity.

AAA Foundation Distracted Driver Study

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