Nearly 70 percent say they have barely avoided having a serious accident at least once, and more than half of those teens say they've had multiple "near-miss" scares.
Those surveyed admitted to a rash of distracting or dangerous behaviours, such as speeding (30%), texting while driving (21%), talking to passengers (20%), and changing songs on their MP3 player (17%) instead of focusing on the road.
Obviously, teens can't take all the blame for road accidents, but a number of studies have shown that drivers aged 18 to 24 take the most unnecessary risks.
Distractions behind the wheel prove to be a definite problem for new drivers, giving more teeth to automakers and other organizations that want to clamp down on this growing phenomenon.
Source : USA Today