Distracted Driving

DID YOU KNOW?

Taking your eyes off the road for five seconds while driving 55 mph is like closing your eyes and driving the length of a football field. (1)

Examples of distracted driving:

  • Texting
  • Talking on the Phone
  • Eating or drinking
  • Searching for directions
  • Chatting with passengers
  • Changing music

CAUTION:

An estimated 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2015. (1)

In 2015, 42% of high school students reported sending a text or email while driving in the last 30 days. (2)

LAWS STATE BY STATE

47 states and the District of Columbia now ban text messaging for all drivers. (3) Arizona and Missouri are the only two states that prohibit text messaging specifically for novice drivers. Montana has no ban on text messaging for any drivers.

References

  1. Distracted Driving, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2017.
  2. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance 7 United States, 2015, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016.
  3. Distracted Driving Laws by State, Governors Highway Safety Association, 2017.

Are you guilty of distracted driving? If you’re like many people, you may consider yourself to be an observant, careful driver. However, if you’ve ever checked a map, talked to a friend on speakerphone, snacked on fries or changed radio stations while at the wheel, you may want to reevaluate your answer. This infographic explores accident statistics and ways new legislation is helping to lessen different types of distracted driving.

Distracted driving is a growing problem in the United States. In 2017, 3,166 people were killed because of distracted driving.1 There are three main types of distraction that drivers contend with on a regular basis:2

  • Visual
  • Manual
  • Cognitive

Simply put, if an activity is preventing you from devoting your undivided attention to the road, then it’s a distraction that can potentially endanger you and those around you. Set aside a few moments to take care of any potential distractions before or after your trip to ensure a safer ride.

Texting while driving is particularly risky, as it involves all three types of distractions. If your phone has a “do not disturb” function, you may want to enable it while you’re on the road to prevent the temptation to read a new text message. If you absolutely must take a call or search for directions, wait until you have exited the roadway and are in a legal parking spot to do so.

Interested in learning more about technology that can combat distracted driving? Here are some of the latest innovations you should consider adding to your ride.