Using a cell phone is the most common driving distraction.
Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road.
Using a phone to dial, talk, or text doubles the risk of a driver getting into a crash.
Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
Drivers under the age of 18 can legally drive while using their phone if it is hands-free.
Newly licensed drivers can drive with passengers and at all times by themselves.
Distractions, including use of cell phones and interacting with passengers, account for 6 out of 10 crashes among teens.
Eating, reaching for objects on the floor, and talking with passengers are also considered to be dangerous distractions while driving.
In California, you can use your phone if you are stopped at a stop sign or signal.
Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.