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Teens Text More While Driving Than Parents Think

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Thursday, November 29, 2012

Teens Text More While Driving Than Parents Think

Teenagers are 26 times more likely to send text messages while driving than their parents expect, based on preliminary results of a safety study by Toyota Motor Corporation and the University of Michigan.

The survey of more than 5,500 people in the U.S., consisting of drivers aged 16 to 18 and their parents, also found 69 percent of teens regularly drive with other teenagers and no adults, Toyota said in a statement.

“Teens read or send text messages once a trip 26 times more often than their parents think they do,” Toyota said in the statement. Some 54 percent of teens surveyed in the study also said they use a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

Source: Businessweek