Distracted driving is not only dangerous; it’s deadly. Estimates suggest that distraction contributes to 16% of all fatal crashes, leading to nearly 5,000 deaths each year. Studies have shown that a driver dialing a cell phone is 2.8 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-distracted drive, while texting makes the risk of crashing 23 times worse.
But it’s not just texting or making calls that we should be worried about, since distraction comes in many forms, including using a navigation system, watching a video, adjusting the radio, eating and drinking, smoking, and even grooming. In short, distracted driving is any activity that could divert one’s attention away from the primary task of driving.
Check out the interactive infographic above to learn more ways that distractions can negatively impact safe driving. Then, visit NAPA Visibility to download the free, NAPA Auto Parts Safe Texting app, and take the pledge to help reduce distracted driving.