Shocking results of highway safety in America.
Teenage drivers cause a majority of road accidents – now we know why. Turns out the main cause of teenage auto accidents is driver distraction. A AAA study analyzed videos from cameras mounted in vehicles driven by teenagers to see what was they’re doing in the last 6 seconds before an accident.
Turns out in 60 % of the cases it was driver distraction which was the main cause of the accident. If you read a story about a vehicle veering off the road – in 90% of cases a distracted driver was the factor in the crash. When you read a report that a vehicle rear-ended another vehicle – 80% of the time – a distracted driver was the cause. What exactly was the cause of distraction?
In !5% of the cases it was interaction with passangers. In 12 % of the cases – using a cellphone. A cellphone in the hands of a teenager is a very dangerous toy- as the teenage drivers in half of the accidents – during the last 6 seconds before the crash – weren’t even able to hit the breaks.Then – almost equally go other causes: girls adjusted makeup – …and boys had their eyes on anything but the road – either kept their eyes off the road outside the vehicle – or checked out legs in short skirt of the passenger.
My take is this; American teenagers not only drive like a moron but walk like a moron too. In one case a girl walked down the sidewalk and texted so furiously she hit a pole. Beautiful passengers in short skirts – we keep backseat, gentlemen. No – don’t adjust that rear view mirror – leave it alone. Like in Jim Morrison song: “Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon a wheel”. I might add- BOTH hands on the wheel. Cause it’s not really a wheel you’r holding in your hands – but your life and lives of others as well.
I’m Max Kolonko -and I tell it like it is – New York
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