You might think distracted driving tips are just for teenagers. They’re not. While teens and young adults are the most at risk for fatal crashes involving distracted driving, adults drive distracted, too.

Every day, about nine people are killed and more than 1,000 per day are injured in crashes involving distracted drivers – of all ages. What’s more, we can all probably think of an instance when we were a distracted driver. And, we’ve all seen others swerving from their lanes, running stop signals and doing other dangerous activities as a result of driving distracted.

Distracted driving means you are doing something that takes your attention away from driving. These distractions can involve your eyes, your hands or your thinking processes. Texting is the most hazardous, because it involves all of these types of distractions:

  • Visual: You take your eyes off the road.
  • Manual: You take your hands off the steering wheel.
  • Cognitive: Your mind is not on driving.

In fact, many states now ban texting while driving – including Wisconsin, which reports three distracted driving-related crashes every hour. In Wisconsin, texting while driving is illegal.

Distracted Driving Statistics

These 10 statistics may help you think twice before texting, reaching for a sandwich, multi-tasking or engaging in other distractions while driving.

  1. When driving 55 mph, sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for around five seconds. In five seconds, you can drive the length of a football field. (
  2. More than 80 percent of drivers admit engaging in distraction behaviors while driving, such as changing clothes, steering with a foot, painting nails or even shaving! (
  3. One out of four car crashes is caused by texting while driving. (
  4. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents say they have long, multi-message text conversations while driving. (
  5. Distracted driving results in about 25 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities (
  6. It takes just three seconds after a distraction happens for a crash to occur. (
  7. Distracted driving is often called the “new drunk driving:” Similar to drunk driving, when drivers have no consequences from driving distracted, they continue to do it until they’re involved in a crash or suffer legal consequences for their behavior. (
  8. Driving with one or more companions is a major distraction that leads to 5 percent of traffic fatalities from distracted driving. (
  9. Sixty-two percent of distracted driving-related crashes are a result of a driver who is lost in thought. (
  10. Drivers who eat or drink while on the road are 80 percent more likely to get involved in a crash. (


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