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Teen Drivers With Rowdy Friends Have Higher Chance Of Accident

According to a new study at the University of North Carolina, loud conversations and horseplay between passengers may be the riskiest driver distraction for teens.

Teen Drivers With Rowdy Friends Have Higher Chance Of Accident

After all, technology is not the biggest cause of distraction while driving, it’s time to be very cautious about your rambunctious friends, especially teens. According to a new study at the University of North Carolina, loud conversations and horseplay between passengers may be the riskiest distraction for teen drivers.

52 newly licensed high school students were recruited for the test and their vehicles were mounted with video and G-force recorders; their driving activities were recorded for over 6 months. They found that drivers were less likely to use cell phones and other in-vehicle control systems when there were friends in the car with them. Certain distractions like eating, texting were not strongly related with serious incidents. However, loud conversation between the passengers multiplied the chance of having a serious incident by a factor of six, whereas horseplay increased the chance by three times.

Robert Foss, who is a senior research scientist at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, said forty three states currently restrict newly licensed drivers from having more than one young passenger in their vehicle.

17 comments

  1. You are pullng our legs, yes ? – this cannot POSSIBLY be said to be news of any sort, let alone scientific. Yes, you’re joking around with us. Tsk ! 😉

    1. This is absolutely scientific. They made an observation and carried out the study to see if it’s true and it proved they are, that’s the scientific method making it as scientific as the theory of relativity. Check the “.pdf” link I provided in the article.

  2. This understandable, considering the level of experience. But let’s be fair, anyone in this situation of loud noises and distraction from the road can occur to any driver.

    -N.N.

      1. That is true, but even driving solo with music playing can be a distraction for some drivers, I imagine. Have you heard of the car that can drive itself and its passengers to their specific destinations?
        -N.N.

      2. Yes, it does, so everyone should avoid whatever distracts them while avoiding conversation is sort of compulsory now as the study says. And, no I have not heard of such a car, but I do have heard about “XchangE” Autonomous Vehicle Concept which is set to become a reality in the near future.
        Check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdbYZK6rtVo

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