According to, the official government distracted driving website, “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.” According to the site, 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

Here is a great Distracted Driving Infographic that works as a great visual aid about distracted driving and its consequences.

Distracted Driving Crashes, Research, Texting:

Statistics and data clearly reflect the harm that results when drivers are distracted:

  • Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted
  • Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent at 55 mph of driving the length of an entire football field
  • In 2010, 3092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver
  • 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes
  • 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash
  • Drivers who use handheld devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves than drivers who do not use them