In spite of all federal efforts targeting young drivers and teen drivers about the dangers of texting while driving, these practices are widespread among these categories of drivers. According to new research, as many as four in five college students admit to texting while driving.
The Department Of Transportation has specifically focused on young drivers to help reduce the number of auto accidents caused every year by distracted driving. This is a category of motorists that is especially susceptible to the risks from using cell phones while driving. Young drivers, especially college students may feel the pressure to constantly stay connected with their friends 24/7, even while they are at the wheel.
However, all of the efforts that the federal administration is currently making to reduce the risk of accidents involving this category of motorists seems to be having a mixed effort. Recent research finds that four out of five college students admit to texting while driving. The study also finds that texting is much more common among male motorists.
The study was conducted by researchers at Kings College in Pennsylvania, and also indicates that male students are much more likely to have an overly positive opinion of their own driving skills. These drivers are much more likely to believe that they are very good motorists, who are at a much lower risk of being involved in an injurious accident.
The results of the study were published in the International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management. The study conclusively proves that the federal administration’s efforts to help educate young motorists about the dangers of using a cell phone while driving need to be enhanced. Several studies have already conclusively proven that using a cell phone while driving significantly increases the risk of being involved in an injurious or fatal accident.