A new study from the water-is-still-wet research department has found that teens may have been the victims of peer pressure just before a crash. The studies were crafted by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm. The first study surveyed 198 teens and found that those who were more likely to have friends pile into a vehicle with them were also apt to call themselves "thrill seekers." Those teens also said they didn't want their parents to set rules or keep an eye on their comings and goings. In addition, they were less likely to perceive the risks associated with driving in general.

The second study, meanwhile, analyzed information from 677 teens who were involved in serious crashes while behind the wheel. As it turns out, both male and female drivers were more likely to be distracted just before the incident, with 71 percent of males saying they were distracted by their passengers. The study found 47 percent of female teens admitted the same. The study also found teen males with passengers were six times more likely to perform an illegal maneuver and twice as likely to drive aggressively before a crash compared to their counterparts driving alone.

While it's no secret that teens with passengers are more likely get into an incident, the two studies help shed some light on why that is.


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      Matt Kramer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I work as a pizza delivery driver every friday and saturday for the last 4 years, and I have to say teenagers are not the worst offenders on the road. Its the driver who isn't paying attention going 15 under that gets under my skin. Its not that I drive fast I go the speed limit +5 like I was taught. People texting are atrotious not to mention the people on there way home from work just frolicking home in a daze on a friday like no one else exists while driving under the speed limit in the left lane causing traffic to back up. Thats what grinds my gears..
        BOB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt Kramer
        Limit+5??? Who the hell tought you that? If I catch you you WILL get a ticket.
          Mondrell
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BOB
          It may not be official, but it's not without basis. If one is going to overtake another or reside in the left lane long-term, it's best and safest to do so at a speed that is expediant for ensuring that traffic flows into gaps instead of plodding behind a select few. Static velocity across two or more lanes not only causes congestion, it leaves drivers with fewer options in an avoidance situation (you're totally surrounded by others cars in the worse case) and often angers them since they're consequently unable to better their position without slowing drastically down, which also disrupts the flow of traffic.
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      "A new study from the water-is-still-wet research department" LOL
      tony36619
      • 3 Years Ago
      This girls expression along with being behind the wheel scares the living hell out of me.
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        @tony36619
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        @tony36619
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      A P
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe Ford's MyKey is a good idea after all.
      A P
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford's MyKey is a great idea.....other car makers should pick it up.
      middle8farm
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a trucker with well over two million miles of driving experience, I can tell you I've seen crazy, stupid things done by drivers of all ages and both sexes, in every area of the country, and in every color, size and type of vehicle you can imagine. You can be certain the stupidity on today's roads knows no bounds.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Also, the sky is blue.
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      tesla220
      • 3 Years Ago
      So young guys crash while performing stunts Young girls just crash
      Carbon Fibre
      • 3 Years Ago
      We need Germany's driving test system implemented here.
        ejljr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carbon Fibre
        I'm with you! But don't hold your breath!
      GoSpeedRacerGo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Duh!
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