What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving consists of a wide variety activities that divert the driver's attention away from driving, making it a secondary task. The four main types of distractions are visual, manual, cognitive and auditory.

Some of the most common distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Cell phones, iPods, adjusting a radio
  • Talking to someone
  • Eating or drinking
  • Reading

The most common type of distracted driving among teenagers is texting. While any task when driving is life threatening, texting is one of the most dangerous ones of them all. Texting requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver.


April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Visual Distraction - Taking your eyes off the road.

Manual Distraction - Taking your hands off the wheel.

Cognitive Distraction - Taking your mind off driving.

Auditory Distraction - Focusing your attention on sounds other than the road.

DWD - Driving while distracted.
DWT - Driving while texting.