Distracted Driving

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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:
  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • 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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