People often think that with experience comes wisdom, however in some cases the more experience we have the more stubborn we become. When it comes to the issue of texting and driving, we often associate teens and young adults as being the worst at texting and driving, given their lack of experience and addiction to their phones. However, in a recent study it was revealed that texting and driving can be worse for more experienced drivers.
The common assumption is that drivers who have been on the road longer are going to be better prepared to manage distractions and maintain safer driving habits. In the study, a group of 50 drivers between ages 18-59 were all put behind the wheel and sent text messages with simply questions by the researchers. Those who claimed to be frequent texters veered into other lanes about 25% of the time, while the older group veered into other lanes 80-100% of the time while replying to or reading texts.
Experienced drivers are often able to handle multiple distractions. These can include aggressive drivers around you, talkative passengers, and even food. But the distractions presented by texting and driving are completely unique. Older drivers may believe that a text is similar to the distractions they are used to, but texting takes a lot of our focus and takes our eyes off the road for dangerous amounts of time.