Girls in US more likely to text while driving: survey

April 26, 2012
Girls in the United States are more likely than boys to text behind the wheel, despite widespread youth awareness of the perils of distracted driving, a nationwide survey suggests.

Girls in the United States are more likely than boys to text behind the wheel, despite widespread youth awareness of the perils of distracted driving, a nationwide survey suggests.

Fully two-thirds of the 2,012 aged 15 to 21 who took part in the rated themselves to be "very safe" drivers, with almost every one else describing themselves as somewhat safe.

But a large number acknowledged that they engaged in distracted driving anyway -- from changing music on the car stereo, to eating and drinking non-alcoholic beverages.

Thirty-eight percent of girls said they had read texts while driving, and 27 percent said they had written message behind the wheel as well. For boys, the figures were 17 percent and 11 percent respectively.

"We need to reinforce the idea that it takes only one time -- one sip of coffee, one change of the radio station, one glimpse at the cellphone -- to cause or be involved in a crash," said Angela Patterson, who oversees a teen program for tire maker Bridgestone, which funded the survey.

Prince Market Research gave the survey an overall margin of error of 2.2 percent. It said it considered a , but thought otherwise for fear that some respondents might be driving when contacted by its pollsters.

This month has been declared National Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the federal Department of Transportation, with West Virginia becoming the 10th of the 50 states to outlaw both texting and handheld cellphone use on the road.

Explore further: Survey: Most drivers support regulation of cell phones in cars

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baudrunner
not rated yet Apr 26, 2012
That was an unnecessary article. Everybody knows girls talk way too much. Back in the old days, they would monopolize the telephone on weeknights. Anyone dispute that? I think not. I rest my case. (I didn't even read this one)
Vendicar_Decarian
not rated yet Apr 27, 2012
Oh, man... Ya. I had forgotten that.

Perfect.

"Back in the old days, they would monopolize the telephone on weeknights." - BR

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