By Gil Aegerter, TODAY
Worried your child is using a cell phone behind the wheel? You're probably the one they’re talking to, according to a new study on distracted driving and teens.
Fifty-three percent of teens who reported talking on a phone while driving were chatting with mom or dad, according to a study presented Friday at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention in Washington.
It’s a dilemma for parents: You want to call your child to know where she is, but you don’t want her talking to you while she’s steering a 3,000-pound machine 60 mph down the highway. And parents’ conflicting desires put teens in a bind, too.
“Teens said parents expect to be able to reach them, that parents get mad if they don’t answer their phone,” said study co-author Noelle LaVoie, a cognitive psychologist based in Petaluma, California.
That can be dangerous. Cell phones play a large role in crashes blamed on distracted driving, especially among teens, research shows. In 2011, for example, cell phone use was blamed in 21 percent of fatal crashes that involved distracted teen drivers, according to a report by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.Click here to read more of this article from Today.com.
With so many teens driving smaller, cheaper cars with little crash protection, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has compiled a list of recommended used cars for teen drivers.
Sixteen percent of children said they read emails or text messages after they've already gone to bed, and more than half of the kids who admitted to after-hours texting had a parent who reported doing this as well.