Oh man, this video is absolutely horrifying. Put together by AAA, it shows how distracted teenagers are when they drive. You see drivers take their eyes off the road to text, people ignoring cars while they’re on the phone and a lot of them just not paying attention at all. You get to see the side-by-side of what they’re doing vs the dash cam footage of the car.
Of course, it’s not just teenagers who get distracted when they drive but the study that AAA performed focused on them, as they have the highest crash rate of any age group. The data is numbing:
The unprecedented video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports.
Researchers analysed the six seconds leading up to a crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 per cent of all crashes studied, including 89 per cent of road-departure crashes and 76 per cent of rear-end crashes.
The video footage was so shocking that I almost didn’t believe it was real but AAA says they were able to examine 6842 videos of teenagers driving, footage provided to them by Lytx.
Here’s the footage:
Here’s an infographic breaking down what causes the accidents: