HOUSTON, TX – You wouldn’t know it by looking around, but more than three out of four drivers don’t mind shutting off their cell phones while on the road.
“Personally I don’t understand how you can text and drive,’ says Calquhoun MacGregor, 17, who is just learning to drive, ‘because it takes all the concentration in the world just to drive from my experience.”
Nearly everyone in a new survey of young drivers done by Bridgestone admits to talking on the phone while driving. And while many admit it’s a bad habit, a quarter of teens say they don’t see a problem with it, despite the more than 3300 deaths each year caused by distractions.
“You never know what might happen,’ says 17-year-old Itaty Lopez, ‘I mean, you might run into somebody or crush (into) something… while you’re talking on the phone.”
Probably the biggest shocker — the study shows folks under 21 are more likely to drive “risky” when they drive alone. When they’re with friends or their parents, they usually put the phone down and keep their focus on the road.
“My mom would be like, ‘Put the phone down and drive!” says Hannan Yoya, a Lee High School student in Houston. ‘And my friends are gonna be on their phones, or we’re gonna be talking half the time, so it’s not like I’m gonna need to use my phone.”
But Hannan does admit to keeping it on while in the car and checking missed calls at red lights.
Looking down and texting for just five seconds while driving at 55 means you’ve had your eyes off the road for the length of an entire football field. Scary right?
But parents, before you pile-on your kids for this stuff — listen up! When asked where they learned their bad driving habits, the majority of young drivers blamed mom and dad.
That’s right! Parents who text and drive have kids who text and drive. So check yourself before you wreck yourself, folks. Life may be a highway, but we ALL need to start driving it more safely.