Distracted driving describes any situation in which the driver of a motor vehicle engages in another activity that divides his or her attention. With the proliferation of handheld connected devices, distracted driving has emerged as a major traffic safety issue. The practice is most commonly associated with smartphone-related tasks like texting while driving, but it also applies to other distractions like consuming food or beverages, conversing with passengers, listening to loud music, or using an in-vehicle navigation system.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identifies three primary types of driver distraction. Visual distraction occurs when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road. Manual distraction occurs when a driver takes his or her hands off the steering...Read more