How young adults behave when driving is the subject of a study made by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. It was referred to as as Distracted Driving Among Newly Licensed Teen Driver. This research involves placing a video in the car of teenagers which captured what exactly they do whenever they drive and then trying to figure out what really causes them to place their lives in danger. Automobile accidents are the very known reason for death among teens in these days.

AAA observed that distracting actions are significant among all adolescent drivers. Makeup application, cell phones, grooming habits and texting are seen to be part of the said distracting actions. Reaching for stuffs in the vehicle is also identified as a distracting practice engaged in by the motorists.

Among these interruptions, using electronics largely contribute to adolescent drivers’ distraction. 70% of all drivers are likely to use gadgets while driving. This number drastically grow on older teenager motorists.

Research found that gender also contributes to this for ladies have greater inclinations to use electronic devices like cellphones compared to males. Teenage female drivers have higher inclination to distracting things whilst driving for example reaching an item, drinking, and also eating as compared with teenage male drivers.

Curiously, these distracting behaviors are lessened if they’re accompanied by parents or some other adults. Distracting behaviors increase if they are only accompanied by other teens. They’re not scared to perform distracting activities only if their friends are in the vehicle along with them.

This research is not unbelievable as there is a continual increase on accidents due to distracted driving. Our office highly appreciates the endeavors of law makers and educators in lessening South Florida’s distracted driving behavior. On the flip side, they still should do lots of things to protect pedestrians, drivers and also passengers.


Victoria Pynchon is an attorney-mediator and arbitrator. She is also a principal in the She Negotiates Consulting and Training firm for which her blog “She Negotiates” is named. In addition to writing for the legal blog “On the Docket,” Pynchon also authored the book “A is for A**hole, the Grownups' ABCs of Conflict Resolution.