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                                                3 Types of distractions

                                                                  Visual, Manuel, Cognitive


                          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

  •  Talking to passengers

  •  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.  Please share these facts with others. Together, we can help save lives.

   Talking on a cellphone while driving

  • 69% of drivers in the United States ages 18-64 reported that they had talked on their cell phone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed.

  • In Europe, this percentage ranged from 21% in the United Kingdom to 59% in Portugal.


      Texting or emailing while driving

  • 31% of U.S. drivers ages 18-64 reported that they had read or sent text messages or email messages while driving at least once within the 30 days before they were surveyed.

  • In Europe, this percentage ranged from 15% in Spain to 31% in Portugal.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Seven teens ages 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.

Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.

         3 Types of Distractions

     Visual    Manuel    Cognitive


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