Car & Road Safety
Distracted Driving

Young woman using her smartphone while driving a car

Have you considered the dangers of talking on the cell phone or eating while driving? Distraction occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off your primary task: safe driving. Any non-driving activity is a distraction and increases your risk of crashing.

Some people still do not know how dangerous distracted driving is. Others know about the risks of texting and talking while driving, but still choose to do so anyway. They make the mistake of thinking the statistics do not apply to them, that they can defy the odds. Still others simply lead busy, stressful lives and use cell phones and smartphones to stay connected with their families, friends, and workplaces. They forget or choose not to shut these devices off when they get behind the wheel.

Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. If traveling at 55 mph while texting is equivalent to driving the length of a football field blindfolded.

Pennsylvania law bans texting for drivers of all ages, and is a primary offense in the state.

Safety Tips

  • Stop using cell phones while driving.
  • Recognize that hands-free devices offer no safety benefit.
  • Tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving.

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