What you must know about being a distracted driver

Every year, distracted drivers are responsible for about 2.5 million car crashes.

Almost every day, people hear about these crashes all over the world. This is regarded as a major problem in society, and for this reason, the public has access to many relevant enlightenment programs and educational services on distracted driving

It takes the brain 13 seconds to refocus after using a cell phone.

Drivers are at a very high risk of crashing when they use their phones. These kinds of driver distractions, the statistics show, can happen even when a driver looks at their device for just a second. Source: Smith SysHaving a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.

It takes only 3 seconds for a car crash to occur once the driver has been distracted.

Drivers typically think they  exhibit high levels of concentration whenever they’re behind the wheel. However, these distracted driving stats show that if a driver’s attention is diverted from the road at all, it only takes 3 seconds for a crash to occur. Source: TeenSafe

Reaching for an object increases the chances of a car crash by about 8 times.

This innocuous act is usually made unthinkingly. But the research shows just how dangerous it can be. This should serve as enough reason to park or wait until you’re at your destination before attempting to reach for anything. Source: The Zebra

In the United States, about 9 people are killed every day due to car crashes that involved a distrac

Distracted driving is becoming a complex issue in our world today, leading to many fatalities across the globe. These US estimates are a huge concern and deserve our attention.Source: TeenSafe

Parents with young children in their car are more likely to be distracted while behind the wheel

Driving while also keeping the kids in check isn’t only a tough job but also a very dangerous one. In actual fact, parents with no small children in their car have a 74% chance of being distracted while driving, whereas parents with kids have an 87% chance. 

Source: The Zebra

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It seems so obvious, right? JUST PAY ATTENTION!!!! And stop diverting your attention. No Matter What

Distraction Is Deadly: 

         3,166:           Number of people killed by distracted driving in 2017        

Take the pledge                   

                     The fight to end distracted driving starts with you. Make the commitment to drive phone-free today.                    

  • Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.
  • Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted.
  • Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.


What Is Distracted Driving?    

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.   


     Traffic Safety Facts      Distracted Driving in Fatal Crashes, April 2019 (PDF, 177.29 KB) Teens and Distracted Driving, February 2019 (PDF, 150.67 KB)Driver Electronic Device Use, January 2019 (PDF, 712.26 KB) 

Using a cell phone while driving creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads. In 2017 alone, 3,166 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

We can all play a part in the fight to save lives by ending distracted driving.


Teens can be the best messengers with their peers, so we encourage them to speak up when they see a friend driving while distracted, to have their friends sign a pledge to never drive distracted, to become involved in their local Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter, and to share messages on social media that remind their friends, family, and neighbors not to make the deadly choice to drive distracted.


Parents first have to lead by example—by never driving distracted—as well as have a talk with their young driver about distraction and all of the responsibilities that come with driving. Have everyone in the family sign the pledge to commit to distraction-free driving. Remind your teen driver that in States with graduated driver licensing (GDL), a violation of distracted-driving laws could mean a delayed or suspended license.

Educators and Employers

Educators and employers can play a part, too. Spread the word at your school or workplace about the dangers of distracted driving. Ask your students to commit to distraction-free driving or set a company policy on distracted driving.

Make Your Voice Heard

If you feel strongly about distracted driving, be a voice in your community by supporting local laws, speaking out at community meetings, and highlighting the dangers of distracted driving on social media and in your local op-ed pages. 

NHTSA In Action  

NHTSA is dedicated to eliminating risky behaviors on our nation's roads    

NHTSA leads the fight nationally against distracted driving by educating Americans about its dangers and partnering with the states and local police to enforce laws against distracted driving that help keep us safe.

NHTSA’s campaigns and public service announcements make the case to Americans that safe driving means driving without distractions. You’ve likely seen or heard our public service announcements, but we’re also on Facebook and Twitter sharing stories and tips to help save lives.

The foundation of NHTSA’s efforts on distracted driving and other risky driving behaviors is our partnership with the states and local police. The states determine laws affecting distracted driving, but NHTSA, under the leadership of Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, provides federal investments in the locally driven strategies that address the states’ specific needs. One of the highlights of this relationship comes during April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which pairs a national advertising campaign with a law enforcement crackdown called U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

The Law

Your State legislature and governor make the laws regarding distracted driving. Many States now have laws against texting, talking on a cell phone, and other distractions while driving. You can visit the Governors Highway Safety Association to learn about the laws in your State.