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.
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Distracted driving kills an average of 9 people and injures over 1,000 every day in America. 1

Put down your phone. Lives depend on it.

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Two Empty Seats

Distracted driving has the same deadly consequences as drinking and driving. Amy and Marlenne Lorenzo lost their lives because someone was watching a music video on their phone. Studies have shown drivers are distracted for up to 27 seconds after using their mobile device for tasks such as, texting, using their navigation, or searching for a music playlist. 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.

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Drivers can experience what’s known as the “Hangover Effect” – a lasting mental distraction that can last up to 27 seconds after a driver uses their mobile device – even while stopped at a red light, stop sign, or while their vehicle is parked.

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.
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving
    For iPhone:
    1. Access settings and tap control center.
    2. Tap customize controls and add "do not disturb while driving".
    3. Swipe to access the control center.
    4. Tap the car button to turn on "do not disturb while driving."
    For Android:
    1. Open the Play Store.
    2. Download an app that enables "do not disturb while driving".
    3. Follow app instructions, as settings may vary.

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 on the road. In this priority initiative, we are committed to changing attitudes and behaviors surrounding the deadly problem of drivers who use their smartphones behind the wheel.

Despite texting bans in 48 states, smartphone use behind the wheel is a common problem. New research released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that even though 96 percent of drivers say texting/emailing while driving is a serious or very serious threat to their safety, 39 percent admit to having read a text or email while driving in the past month, and 29 percent admit to typing one.

To combat this dangerous trend, we've launched a 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 can be 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 2019 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.