Distracted Driving

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
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
The best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses.  On this page, you'll find facts and statistics that are powerfully persuasive.  If you don't already think distracted driving is a safety problem, please take a moment to learn more.  And, as with everything on Distraction.gov, please share these facts with others.  Together, we can help save lives.