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Are you are distracted driver?

Distracted driving can be a somewhat nebulous term as it generally refers to any activity no matter how seemingly benign that could result in a driver temporarily diverting their attention from the task of driving and thereby compromising the safety of the driver, any passengers that may be in the vehicle as well as pedestrians and bystanders and other drivers on the road.

Some examples of the type of activities that can be distracting to a driver may include, but are not limited to, texting, talking on a cell phone, updating social media status' using a smart phone, generally using a cell or smart phone, eating or drinking, personal grooming and even talking to passengers or adjusting the volume or tuning to a radio station.

Though there can be many possible causes of distracted driving, by far the most pernicious is text messaging, due to the ubiquity of smart phone use, especially among teenagers. What makes texting especially dangerous is that it requires that the person texting divert their visual, manual, and cognitive attention away from the road in order to read incoming text messages or to type out and send outgoing messages.

This is backed up by data from National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Consider for example that, according to the NHTSA, drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of all distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes. According to the NHTSA the typical driver who texts will take his eyes of the road for five seconds on average while texting. That may not seem like a long time but if that same driver was traveling at 55mph, that's enough time for the driver's car to travel the length of a football field essentially as if the driver were driving blindfolded.

Source: Distraction.gov, "What is Distracted Driving?" accessed September 15, 2014

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