Teens were asked what would stop them from texting while driving. Their top answer: they worry about crashing. New teen-focused Distracted Driving Survey from State Farm® digs deeper into teens’ driving habits.
October 19, 2015
In observance of National Teen Driver Safety Week, State Farm released the results of a recent survey of young drivers ages 16-19. The focus of the survey was to learn more about their attitudes and behaviors when it comes to distracted driving.
The survey revealed that nearly all teens, over 90 percent, say they understand texting while driving is distracting, yet 44 percent say they do it. When asked to choose the top three things that would deter them from reading or responding to text messages, concern about crashing was the number one answer (51 percent), followed closely by getting caught by police (50 percent). Other common responses included:
- Arriving safely at my destination (33 percent)
- Knowing someone who has caused a crash while texting (23 percent)
- Stories about crashes caused by texting (17 percent)
- Getting caught by parents (13 percent)
- Friends encourage safe driving (10 percent )
- Parent/teen safe driving contracts (6 percent)