Distracted Driving: Study shows teen girls take more risks than boys
A frightening new survey has caught the attention of parents. It shows that teen girls take more risks than boys behind the wheel.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 16 year olds get in more accidents than any other age group. And now we have some insight into why.
In the coming months, Roxie Bushby will help teach her grandson Zay how to drive. She's already warned him about distracted driving.
And Zay Bushby says he's taken those warnings to heart.
"Just don't do it," Zay says. "It's not worth it. Your life, or being injured."
Americas, many teens haven't gotten the message, only one-third of those asked considered talking on the phone dangerous while driving. One in five admitted to texting while driving.
And overall, girls were fifteen percent more likely to engage in these risky behaviors than boys.
"We have a lot more things to do than boys," says Santasia gGeen, 15. "Our hair, our makeup."
Teens cite having multiple passengers in the car and playing loud music as the most common distractors.
Students from Springbrook High School say the survey results make sense, but that their peers should pay more attention.
"Kids should be more above the influence and not talking while driving or texting, because a lot of people do that," says Cynthia Sab, 14.
And parents as well as kids say everyone needs to take more responsibility.
"They gotta talk to their kids," says Lamont Durant, a parent. "They gotta tell them what they need to do when they start driving."
The good news is only 2-3 percent of teens surveyed admitted to drunk driving. And the number of teen deaths on the road today is 60 percent less than it was in 1975.