Cell Phones Behind the Wheel

New research helps confirm that teenage drivers should keep their hands on the wheel and off their cell phones.

This research was presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. In one study, high school students involved in a community safe driving program put fellow teenagers to the test. Participants were placed in a driving simulator where some simply drove while others tried to text while behind the wheel.

The texting teens were more likely to drift into other lanes and come close to hitting pedestrians or other cars, no matter where they held their phones.

In another study, college students answered questions about their attachment to their cell phones. Those who used their phones more compulsively had been in more car accidents.

According to the lead researcher, the study doesn’t prove that phone use directly causes these crashes and that it’s possibly another factor such as being easily distracted.

For more information on safe driving for teens, check out http://teendriving.aaa.com for tips to discourage teens from using their cell phones when they’re behind the wheel.

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