Distracted driving has joined smoking, drinking, drug use, and unprotected sex on the list of behaviors that teens know are risky but engage in nonetheless.

According to a national survey by Consumer Reports, half of all teens surveyed had used a handheld phone while driving in the past 30 days, while 30 percent copped to texting. Eight percent said they operated a smart phone app and seven percent used email or social media while driving. But how many considered this behavior a bad idea? Fully 63 percent said talking on the phone could be considered "dangerous," while almost all of them thought the others qualified, with about 80 percent agreeing to adding the word "very" to that description, according to CR.

We've already seen clever public service announcements attempting to curb this behavior, and CR's survey says the publicity is working. Over 60 percent of respondents said they were influenced to stop or reduce phone use while driving by reading or hearing about the problem, while only 40 percent responded to legal bans. And of course, family members laying down the law fared the worst, at only 30 percent saying that caused them to knock it off and put the phone down when behind the wheel.

Unsurprisingly, CR found that positive peer pressure could help curb the behavior, as almost 50 percent said they were less likely to talk on the a handheld cell phone or text if they had a buddy in the car. The magazine inferred that this could have to do with the half of respondents who said they had asked someone to stop using their phone while they were a passenger.

Of course, this problem with talking and texting while driving isn't restricted to teenagers. Just like kids growing up in the 1980s learned to do drugs by watching their parents, the youth of today are witnessing mom and dad engaging in distracted driving. CR says 48 percent of young drivers said they'd seen a parent talking on the phone while driving and 15 percent caught one texting.

This got us thinking: Maybe it's time to reboot our favorite PSA of all time. Scroll down to watch.


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      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      This just in, People know smoking is hazardous to health and do it anyway People know eating too many cheeseburgers is unhealthy and do it anyway People know driving drunk is a good way to kill yourself or others and do it anyway People know that the odds of winning the lottery are a million to one and buy a ticket anyway And on and on and on...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob J
        [blocked]
      icerabbit
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's add to that that adult drivers know distracted driving is dangerous, yet keep calling and texting behind the wheel as well, setting a bad example for their kids and teens in the car.
      SheldonRoss
      • 2 Years Ago
      So when do they have to lose their license for 6 months, take classes, etc. 4th time is felony? If it's as dangerous as drunk driving, let's treat it like that.
      chickenflauta
      • 2 Years Ago
      You guys at AutoBlog keep reusing that hilarious photo when reporting on teen drivers, and I never get tired of it!
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chickenflauta
        I know. That's the 4th time I've seen her photo being used... lol
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chickenflauta
        Best stock photo ever
      the.nope
      • 2 Years Ago
      BREAKING NEWS: Teens love to do stupid ****. Tell me something i didn't know. Heck my friend just started driving less then a month ago and im in the car for the first time with her and she is texting when coming to a stop.
        Michael
        • 2 Years Ago
        @the.nope
        Well, if you are stupid enough to get n the car with her ...
      hahamonkeynews
      • 2 Years Ago
      Young drivers know distracted driving is dangerous, do it anyway. Also- grass green, sky blue.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty sure adults do this just as much as teenagers do.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dumbest face...
      Randy915
      • 2 Years Ago
      Duh? Needed a report to tell us that?
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      slow day . . .
      Mike McDonald
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay, Autoblo: I'm getting really tired of this grotesque image you constantly insist on using.
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike McDonald
        If you really want to drive yourself up the wall then hit the teen driver tag, that's the third time in a row they've used this photo with that tag.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      If only they could crash and die without hurting innocent people or costing the rest of us higher premiums.
        Hunter Adams
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Crash and die? Hey buddy. I'm a teen. And luckily I don't use my phone while I drive. I had a friend who died in a car accident because of his idiot friend texting while driving. And it is stupid that people text while drive. But they do it anyways. Show some respect and don't wish for things like that.
          Michael
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hunter Adams
          You and your generation and their carelessness and lack of respect for anyone else are the reason we pay such a high price for everything. I am sick of subsidizing adolescent stupidity. I'll show you and your homies some respect when you earn it by your actions. Anyone who believes your are "a teen" is equally as foolish as you are.
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