Learn to Drive | Young Drivers in the UK are Less Distracted Than Young Drivers in the US
Teens must learn to drive while avoiding distractions. The CDC found the UK has fewer distracted teen drivers. They must learn to drive and avoid distractions.
A recent survey by the CDC found that nearly 40% of U.S. drivers ages 18 to 29 said they talk on their cell phone “regularly” or “fairly often” while driving. Talking on a cell phone is a major distraction for a young driver who is still trying to learn to drive safely. The CDC survey also looked at some European countries and found that in the UK only 3% of young drivers said they talk on their cell phone “regularly” or “fairly often” while driving. This is a very large difference and road safety experts should be looking at what is happening in the UK that is different than the US.
The CDC survey also found that 25% of young driver’s said they are texting or e-mailing “regularly” or “fairly often” while driving. The data showed that compared to other age groups young drivers had the highest occurrence of texting “regularly” or “fairly often”. The CDC survey also looked at European countries and found that only 3% of young drivers in the UK said they are texting “regularly” or “fairly often” while driving. This large difference should be looked at to determine what is happening in the UK that is reducing texting by young drivers.
Some people who have lived in both the US and the UK found the UK driving tests were much harder and more comprehensive that the US driving tests. Is the difficulty of the testing causing young drivers in the UK to be less likely to text or use their cell phone?
Some believe driver behaviour could be improved if it was standardised across the US. Currently each state has it’s own set of laws regarding driving. Some states are vastly different from others.
The UK government sponsors commercials which are very “scary” (just like the video) and maybe UK young drivers are getting the message that way.
An answer needs to found soon. The UK has found it…..why can’t America find it?