According to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, distracted driving proved to be the most significant factor in teen drivers’ having crashes or near-miss situations. Compared to when they weren’t distracted by performing other tasks, teen drivers demonstrated significantly increased likelihood for accidents when they were engaged in three particular types of behaviors:
• Reaching for a phone or another object (7 to 8 times as likely)
• Texting (nearly 4 times as likely)
• Eating (3 times as likely).