Study: Depressed teens drivers are riskier when operating vehicles

A new report published in Australia finds that teen drivers who are depressed are more likely to be riskier in the movements when behind the wheel. The report was published in a recent issue of Injury Prevention.

Additionally, the study showed that in 2008, drivers between the age of 17 and 24 represented nearly 22.3% of all road fatalities in the South Pacific nation.

Researchers have yet to pinpoint the exact reasons as to why teen drivers are more likely to be more dangerous when they’re depressed. But it could be assumed that when teen drivers are depressed, they could have heightened emotions and may be more susceptible to road rage.

A psychological evaluation was performed on each of the drivers who participated in the study. The evaluation detected any signs of depression and anxiety that can lead to a greater risk of distress, thus a greater risk on the road, said a statement from the study.

The survey consisted of 1,284 drivers that said they were under some sort of psychological distress. They were then tested on some of their responses to certain driving situations and practices. Many admitted to speeding and not-wearing seat-belts, thus flagging them down for being riskier behind the wheel.

More research is being conducted as this is not a clinical analysis. But it surely does make sense as teenagers tend to be more emotional.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AOL