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Are Teenage Girls More Distracted Drivers Than Boys? - HER Daily Dose

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In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier looks at a study which tries to answer the question of whether teenage girls partake in more distracting activities while behind the wheel than teenage boys.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.

As a whole, it’s safe to say teenage girls are more the social butterfly type than their male counterparts. So, should it really surprise us that a recent study found teen girls are twice as likely as boys to use cell phones while driving?

In a study released from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, researchers analyzed the habits of 50 teen drivers and found that along with being twice as likely as male teens to use an electronic device while driving, teen girls were 50 percent more likely than boys to be reaching for an object and nearly 25 percent more likely to be eating and drinking.

Researchers found that older teens engaged in more distracted behaviors while driving, which suggests that these behaviors increase as teens get more comfortable behind the wheel. The researchers remind us that a second may not seem like much, but it can be the difference between managed risk and tragedy.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every weekday for your next dose of women’s health.

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