What is distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is anything that takes your attention away from operating your vehicle.
Distracted driving increases the chance of a crash.
In Minnesota, distracted driving contributes to an average of 46 deaths and 209 life-changing injuries a year.
Three types of distractions:
Visual - eyes are off the road
Manual - hands are off the steering wheel
Cognitive - mind is elsewhere
Texting while driving includes all three distractions (Visual, Manual and Cognitive), which is why the chance of a crash increases by 23 times.*
* Virginia Tech Technical Institute / USDOT Study, August 2009
Common distractions include:
Sending a text message
Talking on a cell phone
Adjusting music and other controls
Using a navigation system
Eating while driving
Interruption by passengers
Where are your eyes?
Where are your hands?
Where is your mind?