Seven of 10 Teen Drivers Admit to "Near Miss" Accident

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Seven of 10 Teen Drivers Admit to "Near Miss" Accident

Nearly seven out of 10 teen drivers say they have have barely avoided having a serious accident and more than half say they have had a "near miss" multiple times, a new survey says.

The 68% of teen drivers who admit to a near miss also reported higher percentage of bad driving behaviors -- from texting while driving to being distracted by changing music on the stereo -- than those who haven't had a near miss, according to the study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

When asked what they were doing in the car at the time of the incident, teens admitted to a rash of distractive or dangerous behaviors:

Speeding: 30%.
Texting while driving: 21%.
Talking to passengers: 20%.
Changing songs on their MP3 player: 17%.

Only 9% admit to driving too fast at the time of the near miss.

Source: USA Today