Distracted Driving

Friday, February 12, 2016
Sydney Koirth, Kansas Academy of Science, Pratt, KS
The number of people involved in distracted driving crashes in Kansas from 2009 to 2015 revealed that 2013 and 2014 had the highest numbers of fatalities. The purpose of this experiment was to determine the effects of texting on driving time and errors made by teenagers while texting and driving. A chalked driving course and a John Deere Gator utility vehicle were used to test these hypotheses. The results of this study were insignificant, although in this experiment 67% of participants’ times were slower while texting when driving compared to their times while not texting when driving. Also, 100% of the participants in the experiment had an increase in driving errors while texting when driving versus errors while not texting when driving. The null hypotheses were accepted because the results were statistically insignificant.