Study Shows That Parents Text and Drive Too

Despite countless public service messages warning against texting and driving, more than two-thirds of parents have read a text while behind the wheel and roughly half have written a text while driving, a new survey finds.

Millennial parents were more likely to report distracted driving behaviors, such as reading a text. But both millennial parents (born between 1981 and 1996) and older parents wrote text messages behind the wheel at about the same rate. The study survey also found no significant differences in crash rates between the older and younger parents.

“Texting and driving is prevalent among all age groups. And, the uptick in the motor vehicle accident rates is thought to be due, in part, to distracted driving like texting,” said study senior author Dr. Regan Bergmark. She is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an instructor in otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Millennials tend to be more comfortable with technology compared with older generations. As more and more millennials become parents, the researchers wondered if