Many of our readers in Tennessee have probably seen news stories about how teenage drivers on the roads today are presenting more of a danger to other drivers than older drivers do. This is nothing new, as it only makes sense that younger, less experienced drivers would be more prone to causing car accidents. However, today’s teenage drivers are likely more distracted than young drivers of years past because of one, simple reason: smartphones.
Older Americans often lament how young people are “addicted” to their electronics and smartphones. Indeed, the number of Americans who own smartphones has skyrocketed over the past several years. And when young drivers are distracted by text messages, phone calls or using an app while driving, the potential to cause a devastating car accident is almost inevitable. But, where do teen drivers learn their distracted driving habits? Well, according to a recent news article, it may be the same source from which they learn many other habits: their parents.
The recent report noted a study conducted by a car insurance company. In the study, approximately 36 percent of the parents surveyed reported that, since they are more experienced drivers, it is acceptable to use a smartphone while driving – effectively justifying their distracted driving habits due to their age. And, as we all know, our children watch our every move.
Of course, as the recent article pointed out, it really doesn’t matter how experienced a driver is when it comes to distractions. Anything that takes a driver’s attention off of the road – even for a few seconds – could lead to a catastrophic car accident that causes injuries, or even death.