If you checked even one box, you're unwittingly a Distracted Driver.
The ABC’s of Distracted Driving
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, distracted driving is responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes. Experts classify distracted driving into three categories:
Taking your eyes off the road
Taking your hands off the wheel
Taking your mind off driving
The statistics don’t lie.
Texting, talking on the phone, eating, grooming, passenger interaction and other distractions can cause accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) studies and reports on the impact of distracted driving every year. It is estimated that 9 people in the U.S. are killed every day in crashes related to distracted driving. Pedestrians and bicyclists account for 1 in 5 fatalities.
- 2022: Distracted driving responsible for more than 3,500 U.S. deaths
- Distracted driving accidents rose 30% from February 2020 – February 2022
- The highest rates of distracted driving occur in the following states:
New Mexico, Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky, and Hawaii
- Thanks to tightening laws, the percentage of drivers using hand-held cell phones has decreased by more than half from 2012 – 2021
- Texting while driving is 6 times as deadly as driving drunk
- Driving distracted is responsible for 58% of teen crashes
- Teens whose parents drive distracted are 2 – 4 times more likely to drive distracted too