Distracted driving is a dangerous habit.
- Each year, thousands of people are killed and hundreds of thousands are injured in accidents caused by distracted drivers.
- Distractions include texting, talking on the phone, eating, and engaging in other activities that take your attention away from the road.
- Why are these behaviors so dangerous? Sending or reading a text message, for example, takes your eyes off the road for just under 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that would be like driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.
What Is Distracted Driving?
- Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
- Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
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