Terrifying Video Shows Distracted Teenagers Behind The Wheel [Video]
With my first child nearing driving age, this video scares the hell out of me. If you're a parent, it will terrify you too. AAA managed to capture video showing exactly how distracted our teens are behind the wheel.
This video makes my stomach turn. Not just because of the danger our kids are in, but the rest of us on the road are too. Each clip shows six seconds before an accident occurs. Six seconds. It took you longer than that to read this paragraph.
Here's how AAA describes the video and the study:
The unprecedented video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports.
Researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied, including 89 percent of road-departure crashes and 76 percent of rear-end crashes.
The videos focus on teenage drivers, but the statistics are just as bad for any age. Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous.
Think you really need to answer that text message? Is it worth your life? Or the life of the driver in the other car that you're about to hit?
Please, pay attention to the road. Don't text and drive. You're not only putting your life in danger, but everyone else on the road. Drive safely. For all of us.