Texting and Driving Rampant Among Young Female Drivers

Texting and driving is more likely to occur among young female drivers than young male drivers, according to a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Not only are girls twice as likely to text and talk on their phones when behind the wheel, but they tend to eat, drink and groom while in transit.

Women Distracted When Texting and Driving

The new study called “Distracted Driving Among Newly Licensed Teen Drivers” revealed that female teenage drivers have more tendencies toward distracted driving than their young male counterparts.

In particular, texting and driving was a major issue as young women were more prone to using their cellphones while their vehicles were in motion. Overall, the research revealed that girls are 10 percent more likely to become distracted in some way while driving.

In order to gather data, the foundation acquired video footage from researchers at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. After cameras were installed in the cars of teens from 50 North Carolina families, the researchers were able to gather 8,000 video clips over a six-month period.

The researchers focused on determining how and when teens engage in distracted-driving behaviors that contribute to car crashes like swerving, hard braking and rapid acceleration. They discovered not only were female drivers 25 percent more likely to eat or drink while driving, they were 50 percent more likely to become distracted while reaching for items in the car.

Auto Insurance Impacted by Distracted Driving

It is important for parents to understand and educate their children on the consequences of texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving. In 2010, research from State Farm Insurance showed that only 36 percent of teens between the ages of 14 and 17 thought that texting and driving could result in them being killed in a collision.

Not only do these actions put young drivers and other drivers on the road at risk, they can directly impact auto insurance rates due to the greater risk of a car accident.

Lawmakers in states around the country began prohibiting texting while driving to put an end to the deaths surrounding the act. As of May 2010, Wisconsin had become the 25th state to ban texting and driving.