Studies have already revealed that teens are dangerous behind the wheel. A new in-car video study released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety provides a deeper look into why. Cell phones, texting, personal grooming and reaching for things in the car were among the most common distracting activities found when cameras were put in new teen drivers' cars, according to AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger. "This new study provides the best view we've had about how and when teens engage in distracted driving behaviors believed to contribute to making car crashes the leading cause of death for teenagers."

For the study, “Distracted Driving Among Newly Licensed Teen Drivers,” researchers at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center identified the prevalence and consequences of various distracted driver behaviors and distracting conditions among teens during high g-force maneuvers such as swerving, hard braking or rapid acceleration.

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