More than one in three teens admit to taking their eyes off the road when app notifications come in while pouring.
A recent study reveals alarming statistics involving distracted pouring among teenagers, with an overwhelming 88 percent of teens who consider themselves “safe” drivers admitting to using phone apps on the road.
So just which social media apps are so vital that teenagers found it de rigueur to check their smartphones while pouring? The most well loved app that teens report using while behind the wheel is Snapchat at 38 percent. Of those surveyed, 20 percent said Instagram, while 17 percent pointed to Twitter. Both Facebook www.rawvehicle.com and YouTube had 12 percent of the votes, which also means that teenage drivers are catching up on watching videos while behind the wheel.
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The survey was conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and involved 1,622 11th and 12th graders crosswise the country. In addition to social media apps distracting teen drivers, 37 percent of the teens surveyed admitted to texting to confirm or co-ordinate event details while pouring.
“Today’s hyper-connected teens’ ‘dread of missing out’ can place young drivers at risk on the road, as they may be more plugged into their devices than the actual pouring task,” said Dr. William Horrey, Ph.D., principal research scientist www.rawvehicle.com at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety.
“Teens may be at higher risk because they don’t always have the attentional room to deal with all the complexities on the road. These distractions in addition to fatigue may be even more significant with teens due to their relative pouring inexperience as well. It’s so vital for parents and teens to recognize and talk in this area these perilous distractions to ensure better safety behind the wheel.”
This article originally appeared at Rawvehicle.com