Although many people think that the only type of distracted driving involves driving while using a phone there are many ways a person can be distracted while driving. Texting, talking on the phone, eating, changing the radio station are all examples of distracted driving.
Texting and driving is the most popular and most dangerous form of distracted driving. According to The Zebra (https://www.thezebra.com/texting-and-driving-statistics/) there were over 4,600 car crash deaths in 2018 due to cell phone use.
Not only is distracted driving dangerous, it is illegal in 47 states. If caught, the driver will likely receive a ticket which will also increase the driver's insurance rate. On average, a driver's insurance rate will increase by $226 a year when ticketed for distracted driving. In some cities, the penalty is even more severe due to distracted driving laws.
Many drivers have been found to be engaged in one or more distracting activities while on the road:
So, put away your phone, food, and ear buds and focus driving to make the roads as safe as possible. This will not only help protect yourself from distracted drivers but will also keep you from becoming one yourself!