What is distracted driving?

distracted-driving

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

texting

According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55-mph for the length of an entire football field.

FOR YOUR SAFETY, TEXAS AUTO RECOMMENDS THAT YOU FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES WHEN DRIVING:

  • Don’t write, send or read a text message while driving, even when stopped at a red light or in traffic. These actions put you, and those around you, in danger.
  • Turn off your cell phone and put it in your pocket. Wait to use the device once you are safely and legally parked.
  • Don’t text while running, cycling or participating in other recreational sports.

Distraction.gov is your resource for learning more about distracted driving. Get the facts, get involved, and help us keep America’s roadways safe. Texas Auto encourages you to drive safely. If you have questions about our used car inventory or our service center contact us!

 

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What is distracted driving?

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