Distracted driving

New laws are speedily being enacted that crack down on texting while driving. And for good reason: Distracted driving is dangerous. According to the government website Distraction.gov, in 2010, 3,092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and an estimated 416,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.

Here's a list of things that can divert a driver's attention from the road:

  • 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

To take action against the dangers of distracted driving, and to become a safer, more alert driver yourself, check out the toolkit for:

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