Study: Young men, frequent drivers most like to be distracted

A new study revealed that young men and those who drive frequently are most likely to drive distracted.

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Many people choose to use their cellphone, switch the radio, eat, drink and engage in other forms of distracted driving in West Virginia when they get behind the wheel. However, a new study shows that some drivers, particularly young men and those who drive frequently, are more likely to drive distracted.

The results of the study

This study, which was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, looked at the personalities and driving habits of hundreds of adult and high school drivers in Norway. While many of the drivers denied that they would get distracted while driving, patterns emerged regarding who was most likely to stop primarily focusing on driving while behind the wheel.

For example, the young men involved in the study were most likely to report cellphone-related distraction. They were also most likely to experience distractions caused by other people talking in the car and flipping through channels on the radio. Additionally, the study discovered those with more extroverted and neurotic personalities were likely to engage in distracting behaviors behind the wheel.

This Norwegian study was one of the first to assess how interventions and behavior affected distracted driving. It also adds to progressive data on how personalities and gender affect a person's risk for driving distracted.

Distracted driving varies

Not only do the groups of people more likely to drive distracted vary, but so do the types of activities that can create dangerous situations when drivers operate a vehicle while distracted. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states there are three different types of driver distraction, which include:

· Manual-Drivers who remove their hands from the steering wheel are manually distracted. For example, a driver who reaches for an item on the back seat while driving is manually distracted.

· Visual-Those who look away from the road in front of them while driving become visually distracted. If, for example, a driver looks at a GPS device instead of the road, he or she is visually distracted.

· Cognitive-Drivers who stop thinking about driving while operating a vehicle are cognitively distracted. For instance, a driver who focuses on a conversation with a passenger is cognitively distracted.

While all three types of distraction put drivers, passengers and pedestrians at risk, texting and driving is one of the most dangerous distracted driving activities because it combines manual, visual and cognitive distraction.

Reach out to an attorney

Those injured in a car accident in West Virginia may experience short and long-term emotional, physical and financial consequences. For this reason, those harmed in an accident caused by a negligent driver should contact an attorney in their area.