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Shocking video shows just how distracted teens can be behind the wheel

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KHQ.com - Teenagers certainly aren't the only ones who get distracted behind the wheel of a car, but a new video put together by AAA shows what can happen when teenagers, or anyone really, takes their eyes off of the road. 

During the study, AAA found that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 our of 10 moderate-to-severe crashes involving teenagers, which the company says is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. 

AAA says researchers analyzed the six second leading up to a crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle recorders. The study found that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all the crashes studied, including 89 percent of road-departure crashes and 76 percent of rear-end crashes. 

Of the crashes studied, AAA found that the most common form of distraction was simply talking to another passenger in the car. The next highest reason was cell phone use, followed by "looking at something in the vehicle". 

Take a look at the footage above and please, if you have a new driver in the family, or know someone who does, share this story with them. 

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