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7/25/2014 - Texting and Driving Habits of Teens

Despite many teens believing texting behind the wheel is more dangerous than skydiving, many still do it.

Despite acknowledging that texting and driving is one of the more dangerous behaviors to perform behind the wheel, a substantial number of teens admit to doing the activity on at least an occasional basis, according to new research from tire company Bridgestone.

In a recent survey, approximately 8 in 10 teens said they considered texting while driving to be riskier than skydiving. Nevertheless, of the 200 young drivers who were polled, more than 50% said they sent a text message at the wheel every now and then.

Additionally, the survey found that 60% of teens said they texted someone when alone in the car, a stark contrast to the 37% who said they did so occasionally when they were with a friend. Only 1 in 10 said that they've done this while their mom or dad was in their car as a passenger.

When asked what the reason was for sending their last text message while driving, roughly 1 in 5 said it was to inform someone that they were running late.

July is Cellphone Courtesy Month, an awareness month that aims to inform consumers about the proper use of handheld devices when out in public. It's recognized by many different safety organizations and wireless providers. Etiquette experts say offensive cellphone use includes having loud ringtones, talking on the phone loudly and not abiding by cellphone rules or laws, such as on an airplane or in traffic

Texting and driving is illegal in 43 of the 50 states, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It is also the leading cause of accidents that often result in an auto insurance claim. 

With texting and driving being the leading cause of accidents, it's important that you have protection. Talk to a local Selective agent today to learn about Selective's auto insurance coverages. 

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