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Description:This image depicts the hand of a teenage female driver adjusting the volume of her car radio, while seated behind the wheel of her automobile. Note that the keys were hanging from the ignition switch. Adjusting the radio volume while driving, though quite permissible, is not the safest time to be manipulating these controls. One should make all comfort adjustments to a vehicle before beginning a trip, while having to interact with other divers, and impediments to driving experience.

Each day, more than 15 people are killed and more than 1,200 people are injured in crashes that were reported to involve a distracted driver.1 Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving; these activities can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.
There are three main types of distraction:

- Visual—taking your eyes off the road;

- Manual—taking your hands off the wheel; and

- Cognitive—taking your mind off what you are doing.

Distracted driving activities include things like using a cell phone, texting, and eating. Using in-vehicle technologies (such as navigation systems) can also be sources of distraction. While any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others, texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC – Nat. Cntr. for Injury Prevention and Control, Div. of Unintentional Injury Prevention; Injury Prevention & Control: Motor Vehicle Safety; Distracted Driving
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