Are women at higher risk for distracted driving?

Alabama drivers must be prepared for many types of distractions when driving, but many of those distractions come from within the vehicle and are not necessary. Distracted driving is a huge problem and things like eating, texting and caring for children can lead to a serious accident or even death. According to the Insurance Journal, those who text while driving are six times more likely to crash than those who opt for an audio phone call.

Although the statistics are clear, drivers continue to text and drive as they often have separation anxiety or a fear of missing out. A recent study determined that women are more likely than men to use their mobile phone while driving. The study also reports that almost 68% of the participants had to be convinced that texting and driving is dangerous before they believed it.

It is also true that drivers with more experience are less likely to drive while distracted. The study showed that the likelihood of driving distracted decreased as the number of years the person had a driving license increased. The groups at the highest risk was determined to be female drivers, those with a negative attitude about driving safety, those who frequently use their mobile devices for texting and driving and those who are highly disinhibited.

Drivers are also less likely to text than they are to talk on the phone while driving, perhaps because texting directly interferes with the process of driving. To improve safety and decrease car accidents, some states have adopted laws that require drivers to put their phones down and use hand-free devices while operating a vehicle.

This information is provided for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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