Nearly seven out of 10 teen drivers say they have have barely avoided having a serious accident and more than half say they have had a "near miss" multiple times, a new survey says.
The 68% of teen drivers who admit to a near miss also reported higher percentage of bad driving behaviors -- from texting while driving to being distracted by changing music on the stereo -- than those who haven't had a near miss, according to the study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
When asked what they were doing in the car at the time of the incident, teens admitted to a rash of distractive or dangerous behaviors:
Texting while driving: 21%.
Talking to passengers: 20%.
Changing songs on their MP3 player: 17%.
Only 9% admit to driving too fast at the time of the near miss.
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About Jim Liebelt
Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
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