A new study brings some bad news over which sex is the better driver. The study titled, “Should I text or call here?” was recently released by the Society for Risk Analysis and looked at four different types of drivers and their propensity for engaging in distracted driving behaviors.
Those driver profiles were broken down by their sex (female), people that have a higher use of mobile phone use, those drivers that threw caution to the wind, and drivers that were considered impulsive enough to ignore the dangers of distracted driving.
In spite of some laws on the books and numerous studies that show that texting and driving are ridiculously dangerous, drivers still engage in these behaviors.
So without further ado, here are the results from this recent study:
Female drivers are more prone to using their cell phones while behind the wheel. Sorry, ladies.
The more time you have spent behind the wheel as a licensed driver, the more likely you are to take heed to the dangers of distracted driving.
Drivers that are disinhibited have the highest likelihood of distracted driving.
However, of the four profiled drivers in the study, opted to continue their conversation over the phone rather than continuing to finish it in a text message.
The study found that drivers felt that they were engaging in safer behaviors when using their cell phones at a stoplight or while they weren’t moving or rounding a corner. Which again, is still not safe.
The one silver lining to the cloud is that laws and law enforcement does make a difference. The likelihood of engaging in distracted driving behaviors lessened when these laws were enforced.