Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania found that 18- to 24-year-olds who use their cell phones while driving tend to display risky behaviors associated with “acting without thinking”. You can be impulsive.
The researchers say cell phone use has been linked to an increased risk of accidents, although many states have banned the use of portable cell phones while driving. And they say using cell phones behind the wheel is just one example of a more general pattern of risky behavior.
They emphasize the importance of developing strategies to prevent risky behavior. One way to do this could be to assess personality traits to identify people at increased risk and involve them in actions to improve road safety.
These study is published in the International Journal of Environmental Research Public Health.
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