DISTRACTION and TEEN CRASHES
How it happens, how to help prevent it
What Did AAA’s First Study Look at?
What Did the Study Find?
In the crashes studied, the two biggest sources of potential distraction were:
- Passengers were present in 34% of all crashes.
- Of those passengers, 84% appeared to be aged 16-19.
- The driver was using a cellphone (typing on it, manipulating it, or looking at it) in 9% of all crashes.
- The driver was talking on or listening to a cellphone (holding it or hands-free) in 3% of all crashes.
- 28% of road-departure crashes involved the driver looking at or operating a cellphone, while an additional 4.4% involved the driver talking or listening hands-free.
- 19% of rear-end crashes involved the driver looking at or operating a cellphone, while an additional 1% involved the driver talking or listening hands-free.
Other Common Distractions
- Among rear-end crashes, the average eyes-off-the-road time increased from 2 seconds to 3.1 seconds. The duration of the longest glance also rose from 1.5 seconds to 2.1 seconds.
- The percent of crashes in which the driver had no reaction prior to the crash rose from 13% to 25%.
- In a separate survey, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that from 2007 to 2014, the percentage of young drivers seen manipulating a hand-held device quadrupled.1
What Did AAA's Second Study Find?
For every mile on the road, teen drivers age 16-17 are ...
What Can Parents Do About the 100 Deadliest Days?
Information taken from “AAA Reveals Top Driving Distractions for Teens as “100 Deadliest Days” Begin,” AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, June 1, 2016, and "New Teen Drivers Three Times As Likely to Be Involved in a Deadly Crash," AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, June 1, 2017.
1 National Occupant Protection Use Survey, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2007-2014.