So what did she survey show?
- 27 percent of adults polled said they have texted while driving,
- 61 percent of adults polled said they have talked on their cell while driving,
- 26 percent of teens polled said they have texted while driving, and
- 43 percent of teens polled said they have talked on their cell while driving.
So what exactly does that mean?
While there isn’t a huge difference between the texting percentages, the numbers are still pretty significant. Before this survey, it was thought that teens were the main texting-while-driving culprits. The survey also showed that adults are more likely than teens to talk on their cell phones while driving.
It’s no revelation that children and teens imitate behaviors that they’ve seen growing up. A lot of times, parents inadvertently teach their kids bad habits by practicing bad behaviors, such as talking or texting while driving. Many teens have grown up watching their parents use their cell phone while driving and think that it is OK to do.
But it’s not.
Changing the way people feel about being distracted behind the wheel is the best way to stop the problem.
Peer-to-peer programs like Teens in the Driver Seat are a part of the solution. Want to start a TDS program at your school? Join the movement today.