Cooley On Cars
Smarter Driver: What scares teen drivers?Brian Cooley shares new insights into the relationship between teens and driver distraction, and what technology could help remedy the problem.
[MUSIC] The intersection of driving inexperienced and obsession with mobile tech, is a dangerous place to be. Lauren watch out! And that's exactly where you'll find many teen drivers. Raise your right hand if you've ever been distracted in a car. Everybody right? A brand new state farm commission survey of one thousand drivers age 16 to 19 found that they both fully understand the dangers of distracted driving and do it. Texting is number one in the world of cognitive dissonance. 95% of teens say yes, it distracts them from driving. And 44% still do it anyway. [SOUND] Watching videos behind the wheel came in number one, including how distracting teens acknowledged it was. That's good. But a substantial 15% say they still do it. [MUSIC] Talking with a passenger was of course almost universal. And 49% of teens recognized that that too is a form a distraction. Red lights are seen as a sanctuary by our teen drivers, though the law doesn't typically distinguish that from any other part of driving. And that statistics is no comfort is you're the one behind the teen texting madly at that fresh green light ages. This teen panel reported deterrence to distracted driving coming two main forms. Number one, not wanting to crash. At about half that many by the way, said they know someone who did. Have an accident while driving distracted. And number two, not wanting to get busted. [SOUND] By the way, only 6% said having a safe driving contract with their parents was a deterrent. [SOUND] Teens may not be envisioning a world where they put the phone down. [SOUND] As much as one where they won't need to. The mass majority believed that crash avoiding tech will prevent crashes by distracted drivers. It pays to double check your teenage drivers connection between what they know and what they do. More realities of modern driving is revealed now at CNETOnCars dot com. Click on smarter driver. [MUSIC]