Texas A&M Health Science Center Online Study of Student Behavior in Texting and Driving
Participants: 500 students (age 19-42; average age 24) from Texas A&M Health Science Center including Pharmacy, Medical, Nursing, Public Health, and Dentistry were surveyed. 58% Female and 42% Male
Purpose: Not one published study exists that has sought to understand the behaviors behind texting and driving. As inter-professional medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, public health, and biomedical science students at Texas A&M Health Science Center, we can change that knowledge void. There are 38 questions in this online anonymous survey.
2 texts sent each time drive (maximum 11 texts)
3 texts read each time drive (maximum 15 texts)
1 email each time drive
2 emails each time drive
5 car trips per day
4 miles per/trip
Total 10 texts sent per day over 20 miles
Total 15 texts read per day over 20 miles
5 seconds to read each text (16% said > 10 seconds)
11 seconds to send text (21% said > 15 seconds)
Total 10 texts sent X 11 seconds = Minimum 110 seconds distracted
Total 15 texts read x 5 seconds = Minimum 75 seconds distracted
Nature of Text:
3 % Emergency
2 % Business
Do you think it is improper etiquette to Text
Have you been directly told by family, friends, law inforcement to not text and drive?
Have you been in an auto accident because of texting and driving?
15 said yes (4 said two or more accidents)
Do you believe you are distracted while texting?
Do you think texting increases your chances of an accident?
How often are both hands off the wheel when texting and driving?
20% said occasionally to almost always
Have public service announcements concerning texting and driving affected you?
Only 20% said have stopped texting
Have laws affected you concerning texting and driving?
Only 27% said have stopped texting
Why do you text and drive?
To get directions
To be polite and let someone know I am running late
To control conversation
To be courteous and return message