Left Menu
Development News Edition

Novice drivers could be pursued with financial incentives to stop texting while driving

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania come to this conclusion in collaboration with experts from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 24-04-2018 18:56 IST | Created: 24-04-2018 18:53 IST
Novice drivers could be pursued with financial incentives to stop texting while driving
Most teenagers thought that financial incentives would be "very effective" for them. (Image credit: Flickr)

Novice drivers who admit to regularly texting at the wheel could be persuaded with financial incentives to reduce cell phone use in the car. Attractive would be car insurance apps, which monitor the driving behavior and reward a renunciation of the smartphone with discounts. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania come to this conclusion in collaboration with experts from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"More than half of teens in the United States admit to texting while driving, which has become a major public health problem that leads to avoidable deaths and physical disabilities," says study author Kit Delgado. While the study found that more than 90 percent of the 153 teenagers surveyed said they were willing to give up text messaging while driving, almost half said they had control over features such as music and navigation behind it Want to keep the tax.

Researchers invited respondents to consider various possible strategies or factors that could prevent them from using their smartphone while driving or writing text messages. Most teenagers thought that financial incentives would be "very effective" for them. 54 percent also said that an automatic phone lock would work well while driving. With such a lock, the smartphone would be completely unusable as soon as a corresponding app detects that it is in the car.

Overall, the results of the survey suggest that teens may want to have some kind of "driving mode app" or phone setting that automatically blocks or restricts text and call features in the car, while still allowing navigation and music features - especially in combination with one financial incentive. "One way would be to offer teenagers discounts on vehicle insurance based on actual mileage and phone usage," concluded Delgado.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...

Dissecting how COVID-19 is catalyzing the trajectory of New World Order

The ensuing pandemic of COVID-19 has hit the globalization in two ways firstly, shrinking the importance of globalization as an economic force by curtailing mobility through worldwide lockdowns, and secondly, rejuvenating the idea of indig...

Videos

Latest News

Crisil affirms AA-negative, A1-plus on Vedanta's debt instruments, bank facilities

Vedanta Ltd said on Friday that Crisil has reaffirmed its ratings on the companys debt instruments and bank facilities totalling Rs 40,303 crore at AA-negative and A1-plus. Crisil has withdrawn its rating on the Rs 900 crore non-convertible...

Soccer-FA Cup final to be held on August 1

The FA Cup final will be held on Aug. 1, the Football Association announced on Friday, after the Premier League said on Thursday that its season will restart on June 17.The quarter-finals of the FA Cup will be held over the weekend of June ...

Nigeria's nightlife dwindles amid coronavirus restrictions

Sensei Uche has earned a living for the last three years as a hype man in Nigerias entertainment capital Lagos, standing alongside the DJ in bars and clubs and whipping up dancers enthusiasm.But the coronavirus pandemic has cut off his live...

Iran says it will continue nuclear work despite US sanctions

Iran said Friday its experts would continue nuclear development activities, despite sanctions imposed earlier this week on their fellow scientists by the United States. State TV cited a statement from the countrys nuclear department saying ...

Give Feedback