What Is the Definition of Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving can describe any behavior or stimuli that takes a person’s attention away from the act of driving. This includes obvious distractions like ducking below the dashboard or taking both hands off the steering wheel to eat. It also includes smaller acts of distraction, like changing the radio station, interacting with a navigation screen, or checking a watch or phone.
The rules of the road are in place for a reason. At 55 miles per hour on an interstate highway, just five seconds of distraction means you’ve traveled the length of a football field without paying attention. At such high speeds, and on roads with vehicles as heavy as fully loaded tractor trailers, there is no room for error.