Half of women drivers between 18 and 24 admitted making a phone call while driving and a little over half admitted checking text messages while driving.
Half of women drivers between 18 and 24 admitted making a phone call while driving and a little over half admitted checking text messages while driving.

Study reveals young women guilty of texting behind the wheel

A LISMORE driving instructor says he is not surprised by the results of a study that revealed young female drivers are most likely to text, make phone calls or put an address into their GPS while driving.

The AAMI 12th annual young drivers index, which surveyed more than 3700 drivers, also revealed 35% of women drivers aged between 18 and 24 have had a crash over the past five years.

Lismore Driving School owner Steve Combe said motorists should not be using a mobile phone or GPS while driving.

"All you have to do is get distracted and wander to the wrong side of the road and bingo - you could be killed in a crash," he said.

"You may not only kill yourself but you might kill someone else coming the other way as well."

Mr Combe said in his experience young women were easier to teach and generally responded better to instruction than young men.

"You only have to drive around Lismore all day and count the number of people you see on mobile phones and it's not just young people," he said.

AAMI corporate affairs manager Reuben Aitchison said the insurer was surprised by the survey results.

"We were surprised when we realised that young women are not only the most distracted, but also the most impatient on our roads," he said.

"We tend to think of this group as more mature than their male counterparts, but clearly there are some poor choices being made by young women behind the wheel."

Mr Aitchison said the survey also revealed a pleasing trend involving young male drivers.

"Next time you are driving next to a young man, know that chances are he is a much safer driver than young men were 12 years ago," he said.

"Young men are far from perfect drivers, but a huge number of factors, including changes to licensing and public awareness campaigns, have helped to move the needle in the right direction."


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