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How gender affects the behavior of teen drivers

from The Atlantic

Parents might be justified in wringing their hands over their high schoolers' driving habits. A car accident is the most likely reason a teen won’t make it to adulthood. And teens are far more likely than adults to crash their cars while distracted. In a study in the January issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that, compared with the risk of crashing when not performing these tasks, novice teen drivers were eight times more likely to crash or have a near-miss when dialing a phone; seven times more likely to crash when reaching for a phone or another object; almost four times more likely when texting; and three times more likely when eating. But one of the most distracting things, according to some studies, is just having another teen in the car. more

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