DEARBORN, Mich., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
- Survey commissioned by Ford shows parents and teens wrongly perceive the winter months to be the most deadly time for teens on the road
- 76 percent of teens and 83 percent of parents consider the dangers of distracted driving to be comparable to drunk driving, yet parents are 40 percent more likely to check their phones while driving than their teenage children
- Parents are concerned about their teens having safe driving habits, but only 26 percent of parents surveyed use a safety device to reinforce safe driving habits
- Survey shows risks differ between genders; teenage boys are more likely to engage in aggressive driving behaviors, while teenage girls are more likely to engage in distractions that are social in nature
As summer begins, what can be the most fun season of the year for teens can also be the riskiest. A new survey conducted by Penn Schoen Berland and commissioned by Ford reveals new insights about teen driving habits and perceptions. The survey polled teen drivers and parents, and reveals some surprising results.
According to a Ford analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data from 2007 to 2011, summer months had the highest number of teen driver fatalities. For 2011, the latest data available, there were 358 teen driver fatalities in traffic crashes during June, July and August, as compared to 271 teen driver fatalities during the winter (December, January and February). But the survey results of 500 teens and 500 parents show more than half of teens (66 percent) and parents (58 percent) believe winter is the most dangerous season for teens on the road.
Distracted drivingDistracted driving is a growing concern for parents. The new survey shows teens engage in several distracting activities while behind the wheel, such as:
- 62 percent of teen drivers admit to being distracted by others in the car
- 61 percent of teens admit to eating or drinking while driving
- 42 percent of teens say they turn up the radio so loud they can't hear vehicles nearby
- 51 percent of teens say they listen to an iPod or MP3 player
- Boys are considered to be more aggressive drivers, according to 87 percent of girls, 78 percent of parents and 73 percent of boys
- Boys are considered more likely to drink and drive, according to 80 percent of girls, 72 percent of boys and 72 percent of parents
- Boys are considered more likely to speed, according to 81 percent of girls, 77 percent of boys and 75 percent of parents
- Girls are considered more likely to use their phones while driving, according to 81 percent of boys, 78 percent of girls and 67 percent of parents