Young drivers think they’re safe despite distractions

A survey shows that young drivers think they can safely drive while distracted, especially if they\'ve had no prior accidents or tickets. (Courtesy of U.S. Department of Transportation)

Darci Marchese, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – The youngest drivers tend to think it’s possible to drive safely while distracted.

According to a new, nationwide survey by Bridgestone Americas, Inc., many young drivers are aware of what distracted driving is but don’t think they’re at risk.

Bridgestone surveyed 2,000 drivers between the ages of 15 and 21 online. The results had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percent.

One-third of respondents admit to reading text messages while driving but two-thirds say they are “very safe drivers.”

The survey finds young drivers measure their level of safety based on never being in an accident or ticketed by police.

It also shows young drivers still engage in distracted behavior because they believe they are not truly at risk or believe they can take extra precautions to avoid distractions while driving.

The study found girls engaging in more distractions while behind the wheel.

Another eye opener: Teenage and young adult drivers say their parents engage in distracted driving more than they do.

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