The foundation retrieved the videos from Lytx, Inc., which offers programs that use video to coach drivers in improving their behavior and reducing collisions. Crashes or near-collisions were captured in an astonishing 1,691 videos. Driver distraction was the factor in nearly 58 percent of crashes, with the most common form of distractions being the use of cellphone, including talking, texting and reviewing messages; and drivers engaging with passengers.
The eye-opening video below shows “indisputable evidence that teen drivers are distracted in a much greater percentage of crashes than previously realized,” said Peter Kissinger, AAA Foundation’s president and CEO.
Other most common forms of distraction leading up to a crash by a teen driver include:
- Interacting with one or more passengers: 15 percent of crashes
- Cell phone use: 12 percent of crashes
- Looking at something in the vehicle: 10 percent of crashes
- Looking at something outside the vehicle: 9 percent of crashes
- Singing/moving to music: 8 percent of crashes
- Grooming: 6 percent of crashes
- Reaching for an object: 6 percent of crashes
We at The Beattie Law Firm urge all drivers to put their cellphones away when driving, and be mindful of other distractions that may arise. One small change can be lifechanging.