NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 22, 2014) — Eight out of 10 teens surveyed recently by Bridgestone Americas rate texting and driving as more dangerous than skydiving, yet drivers aged 16-21 are 50 times more likely to text and drive than skydive.
The survey, part of Bridgestone Americas' “Teens Drive Smart” program, found that while teens said texting and driving is dangerous, distracted driving persists as young drivers continue to text behind the wheel. The Nashville-based tire maker said more than half of teens freely admit they occasionally text and drive, although they are quick to point out that it is only under certain circumstances — like when the car is stopped or when they are alone in the car.
Bridgestone said the study was taken on mobile phones and was done by market researchers Penn Schoen & Berland Associates March 28 and April 2.
Seventy percent of young drivers said they are likely to text if they are at a red light. Sixty percent say they have texted while driving when alone in the car — compared with 37 percent with friends and 10 percent with parents.