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Distracted driving by the numbers

Distracted driving continues to be one the most dangerous road hazards we face when behind the wheel or riding as a passenger. In fact, 70% of drivers report using mobile devices despite knowing the dangers. Staying focused and practicing safe driving behaviors is the first step to helping putting an end to distracted driving.

The download on distracted driving

What counts as distracted driving?

  • Talking, texting or posting on social media using your mobile device
  • Adjusting the car controls, radio, GPS, etc.
  • Eating or drinking
  • Attending to a child, passenger or pet
  • Applying makeup or grooming
  • Taking selfies
  • Focusing on billboards, landmarks and accidents
  • Daydreaming
Going UP

Smartphone use and distracted driver habits are a key reason why auto insurance rates are going up


At any moment, nearly 600,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices

Crashing cars

Each day 9 people are killed and 1,000+ injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver

Before you hit the road

  • Be rested and alert
  • Have a snack
  • Input GPS information
  • Put a passenger in charge of attending to others in the car, radio, etc.
  • Turn off phone or download an app that will block texts and calls until you arrive

Be a focused driver


  • Eyes on the road
  • Hands on the wheel
  • Mind on driving
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The cost of distracted driving: $46 billion a year or approximately $141 per person in the United States


When you text and drive, your eyes are off the road for the distance of a football field:
5 seconds x 55mph = 120 yards


Motorists using mobile devices while driving are 4x as likely to get into serious crashes

Keep your teen driver safe

Teens are particularly at risk to drive while distracted. Keep your teen safe on the road with The Hanover’s SafeTeen driving programs. These driver safety programs help teach teen drivers safe driving habits while giving parents peace of mind. It also provides rewards and savings to safe teen drivers and their parents.

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Hanover SafeTeen