Distracted driving is any activity that could reroute a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. The following activities while driving are a few examples of distracted driving:
• Using a cell phone
• Eating, drinking
• Talking to passengers
• Reading (this includes maps)
• Using a navigation system
• Watching a video
• Adjusting a radio or other audio device
Text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, therefore it is by far the most alarming distraction.
In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured (NHTSA). Educating Americans about the dangers of distracted driving is the best way to decrease these types of accidents, and potentially save thousands of lives each year.
Read more at distraction.gov, which is the official government website for distracted driving.