Ah, the carefree days of teenagehood. Cruising around with your friends in mom's beatup minivan and not giving a hoot about anything, even keeping your eyes on the road. A new study reports that twenty-seven percent of teenagers have admitted to changing clothes, contact lenses, and doing homework while driving. Unsafe!
Not a good look for teens. NPR shares news of a study published on Monday by the Journal of Transportation and Safety claiming that texting while driving among the teen set is down (only 40 percent admitted to it this time around, which is down from 43 percent), but all other kinds of nonsense still happens, including putting on makeup while driving. Teens, knock it off.
In order to prove to the teenagers who participated in the study at Oregon State University that distracted driving is dangerous, David Huritz, an assistant professor of transportation engineering, said they put teens up to a distraction test:
The researchers also asked the teens surveyed to participate in an interactive drivers education class in high school in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. To help kids understand the risks of distracted driving, the researchers had try multitasking in less potentially lethal locales, like the classroom.
For example, instructors asked students to try writing down numbers on a chalkboard while having a phone conversation. "This was just a scenario to demonstrate that having a distraction can really prevent you from doing basic tasks," Hurwitz says.
This made the teens reportedly more aware of their risky behavior while driving, researchers said.
Probably didn't, though.
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