Cell phone use while driving may be tied to other risky road
A new study found that 18- to 24-year-olds who use cell phones while driving are more likely to engage in other risky driving behaviors associated with "acting-without-thinking," a form of impulsivity. These findings suggest the importance of developing new strategies to prevent risky driving in young adults, especially those with impulsive personalities.

"This study found that frequent cell phone use while driving was only one indicator of a more general pattern of risky driving practices associated with prior crashes in young drivers," said the lead study author. "Assessment of personality traits, such as impulsivity and sensation seeking, may be helpful to identify drivers most at risk in order to provide more targeted interventions promoting safe driving."

This retrospective study recruited 384 young drivers from across the U.S. to complete an online survey measuring risky driving practices—including cell phone use—as well as the history of crashes and impulse-related personality traits.

The study found that 44.5% of drivers reported being in at least one crash, and 73% of them reported cell phone use while driving. Those who used cell phones while driving were also more likely to participate in other risky driving behaviors, including ignoring speed limits, aggressively passing vehicles going in the same direction, and running red lights.

In summary, the use of cell phones was not uniquely associated with prior crashes but was one of several risky activities related to crashes.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Source: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115640
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