NIH research shows risk factors for teen driversí high crash rates – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Teens often engage in secondary tasks, or other activities, while driving. That increases their risk for crashes.
Simons-Morton: The most common of these are dialing, talking and texting on a cell phone.
Narrator: NIH researcher Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton says another secondary task is reaching for other objects.
Simons-Morton: It’s one of the biggest risks and because what we know from an earlier study is that the most important cause of a crash is when the driver’s eye is off the road, eyes are off the road.
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