Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.1
Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.
There are three main types of distraction:
Distracted driving activities include things like using a cell phone, texting, and eating. Using in-vehicle technologies (such as navigation systems) can also be sources of distraction. While any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others, texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction.2
One text takes a driver's eyes off the road for about 4.6 seconds:
At 55-mph, that's like driving an entire football field blindfolded. If this results in reckless driving, insurance rates go up more than a first-time DWI.
During a 30-minute commute, the average driver plays music for 21 minutes.
A car radio can easily reach 95 decibels, the same volume as a noisy lawn mower. This sound level regularly causes hearing damage and reaction time slows 20%.
8% of parents said they had caused an accident because of a crying child.
The average parent takes their eyes off the road for a staggering 3 minutes and 22 seconds during a 16-min trip.
82% of pets ride in cars, often unrestrained.
In a 55-mph crash, a 20-pound dog yields a crash force of 1100 pounds ? the weight of an adult cow.
More than 8 in 10 people eat or drink while driving.
While taking a drink, drivers were 18% more likely to swerve into a neighboring lane.
The most dangerous item: Coffee.
In a simulation, cell phone talkers got in more accidents than those driving drunk.
It's no wonder - talking on a cell phone, even hands-free, slows reaction time by 26%.
Women applying makeup while driving cause 500,000 crashes every year in the U.K.
If ticketed for "careless driving", you could see car insurance jump by 16% ? roughly $220/year.
Of those who own a GPS, 41% set it while the car is in motion.
In California, it?s even illegal to check smartphone maps. If you do, it could result in a $160 ticket.