Distracted Driving
Are you driving intexticated?
Whether it’s texting, calling, navigating, or something else, using your cellphone while driving can be dangerous. In fact, texting and driving can have the same consequences as drinking and driving: deaths and injuries. Help reduce the number of these preventable tragedies by putting down your phone—because lives depend on it. You don’t drive intoxicated, so don’t drive intexticated.
Distracted driving
distracted driving

Distracted driving kills an average of 9 people and injures over 1,000 every day in America1. Put down your phone. Lives depend on it.

A sobering message from AAA
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Help spread awareness of the dangers of distracted driving by taking the pledge to put down your phone while driving.

Tell your family and friends why you #DontDriveIntexticated by creating a personalized pledge card that you can download and share on social media.

A text could cost a life

Distracted driving has the same deadly consequences as drinking and driving. Deanna Mauer lost her life at the young age of 23 because someone couldn’t wait to send a text. Taking your eyes off of the road for just 2 seconds doubles your chances of being involved in a crash. AAA is committed to making our roads safer with an anti-distracted driving campaign: You wouldn't drink and drive, so why would you text and drive? Both actions put your life-and the lives of others-at risk. Put down your phones. Lives depend on it. Don’t drive intoxicated. Don’t drive intexticated. A sobering message from AAA.

 

Distracted drivers

 

5 SECONDS of reading an email is like driving the entire length of a football field BLINDFOLDED
Driving intexticated

 

Taking your eyes off the road for just 2 SECONDS DOUBLES your chance of being involved in a crash

Distracted driving statistics

  • car crash

     

    According to the NHTSA, in 2015 alone, 3,400 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • cell phone

     

    Looking at a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
  • double the chances

     

    Looking away from the road for just two seconds while you’re behind the wheel doubles your chances of becoming involved in a crash.

Tips to help you prevent driving intexticated

 

Put it away

Place your mobile device out of sight to prevent temptation.

Know where you’re going

If using a navigation system, program your destination before driving.

Pull over

If you have to call or text while driving, pull off the road safely and stop first.

Ask passengers for help

If riding with someone, seek their help to navigate, make a call or send a message.

Be a good passenger

Speak out if the driver of your vehicle is distracted.

Don’t be a distraction

Avoid calling or texting others when you know they are driving.

Everyone should prevent being intexticated

Just as drivers need to pay attention, so do pedestrians and bicyclists. Never call, text or play games while walking or cycling.


Preventing texting and driving is important to us

 

Traffic safety is a fundamental part of our mission to be an advocate for motorists and to make driving safer for everyone.  In our latest initiative, we are committed to changing attitudes and behaviors surrounding the deadly problem of drivers who use their smartphones behind the wheel.

Despite bans in 47 states, smartphone use behind the wheel is a common problem.  New research released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that even though 97 percent of drivers say texting/emailing while driving is a serious or very serious threat to their safety, 45 percent admit to having read a text or email while driving in the past month, and 35 percent admit to typing one.

To combat this dangerous trend, we've launched a new, multi-year traffic safety education campaign starting in April 2018.  Our campaign centers around the theme - "Don’t Drive Intoxicated – Don’t Drive Intexticated."  It is designed to help audiences understand the consequences of using a smartphone while driving are the same as drinking and driving – both can result in crashes, injuries and deaths.  The campaign targets drivers who would never consider drinking a beer behind the wheel, and yet, regularly engage with mobile devices that dangerously take their eyes, hands and minds off the road. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to make smartphone use while driving as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving.

 

1Daily claims are based on annual accidents involving distracted drivers from 2015 data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Distracted driving is any activity (including texting) that diverts attention from the task of safe driving.