Either we as a nation owe our teen motorists a collective apology for wrongly stereotyping them as reckless users of smartphones while driving, or those teens are lying to researchers. According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, adults ages 25-39 admitted to being the greatest perpetrators of one of the most dangerous practices on U.S. roadways — talking, texting or emailing while behind the wheel — which research has shown nearly quadruples the risk of a crash.
High-school-age teens reported using their handheld devices substantially less than adults do, which flies in the face of conventional wisdom. While two out of three drivers overall reported using a phone while driving within the past month, a whopping 43 percent of adults ages 25-39 reported doing so "fairly often or regularly," compared with only 20 percent of teens and only 15 percent of adults ages 60-74. The survey questioned 2,325 drivers for the 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index.