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Distracted driver using their smart phone on the road.

By now, everybody has likely heard about the perils of texting and driving, and while this is a huge cause for concern, there are actually plenty of other risky behaviors to avoid while behind the wheel of a vehicle. To help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, we’ve created a quiz to test your knowledge. See if you can recognize distracted driving by answering the questions below.

What's Your Distracted Driving IQ?

How many injury crashes occurred from distracted driving in 2018 (U.S.)?

1. 79,000
2. 133,000
3. 276,000
4. 444,000

The National Safety Council says 276,000 distracted-affected injury crashes occurred in 2018 alone!

Which of the following should you avoid while driving?

1. Eating
2. Putting on makeup
3. Using your cell phone
4. Changing clothes
5. Shaving
6. All of the above

All of the actions listed can limit your vision and impair your reaction time. Avoid them while driving!

Which of the following is an appropriate definition for distracted driving?

1. Regularly checking your mirrors
2. Any behavior or activity that takes a driver's attention away from driving
3. The "new drunk driving"
4. One of your passengers searching for restaurants at interstate exits
5. Both 2. and 3.

Distracted driving can be defined as any behavior or activity (texting, eating, adjusting the radio, etc.) that takes your attention away from the road. Many people refer to it as the "new drunk driving" because it is highly dangerous.

How many states ban handheld phone use for all drivers?

1. 0
2. 5
3. 21
4. 50

21 states (and Washington D.C.) have laws requiring all drivers to go hands-free as of February 2020, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. 48 states + Washington D.C. ban text messaging for all drivers.

Approximately how long does it take to respond to a text while driving?

1. 2 seconds
2. 3 seconds
3. 5 seconds
4. 7 seconds

Responding to a text distracts a driver for approximately five seconds, according to TeenSafe. If you're traveling at a high speed, you can cover serious distance during that time.

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