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Car accidents a result of loud talking

Drivers of all ages are aware that texting and driving can have serious consequences. At the same time, many have yet to figure out that loud conversations, including goofing off among passengers, is more likely to end in a dangerous accident.

A University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center research scientist conducted a study that used cameras to observe the behavior of teen drivers and passengers.

After signing on 52 high school age drivers from North Carolina, cameras were mounted in their vehicles to observe their habits, including behavior related to distracted driving.

These drivers were recorded over the period of six months. This included situations in which they were alone, driving with other teenagers, and driving with parents.

The study concluded that the drivers were less likely to use technology when there were others in the car. That being said, the presence of multiple passengers was found to be a more likely cause for a serious incident.

Teenage drivers were more likely to be involved in a serious incident as the result of a loud conversation or horseplay. The director of the Center for the Study of Young Drivers said, "This is why the limit of one teen passenger is important when teens are just learning to drive."

Car accidents happen for a number of reasons, with distracted driving a common cause when teens are behind the wheel. Using an electronic device can increase the chance of an accident, but this study shows that loud talking and horsing around can also lead to an on-the-road incident.

Source: Business Standard, "Loud talking, not texting, likely to cause distracted driving" No author given, Apr. 21, 2014

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