Distracted Driving - AAA Minneapolis

Distracted Driving

About Distracted Driving

Multi-tasking is a fact of life. We all face constant demands for our time. Now more than ever, we find ourselves trying to accomplish as much as possible with limited time. Unfortunately, many people try to multi-task while driving, which is NEVER a good idea. People spend an average of one hour and 15 minutes in their vehicles every day. More than half of that time behind the wheel is spent engaged in distracting behaviors.


What exactly is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a driver’s attention and focus away from the primary task of driving – increasing the risk of a crash. Distractions can be visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), cognitive (taking your mind off the road) or any combination.

Distracted driving behaviors include:

  • Sending or receiving a text message
  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking with passengers or passenger conversation
  • Grooming/shaving/applying make-up

  • Reading
  • Using a navigation or GPS system
  • Adjusting the radio and/or CD/MP3 player
  • Leaning, reaching or searching for an item in the vehicle


Infographic about distracted driving and what constitutes a distraction.

You are part of the solution! Take the first step by making a commitment to drive distraction-free!