What is distraction?

Distraction is anything that takes attention away from the primary task of driving. Talking to passengers, using a handheld mobile or hands-free system, manipulating a screen including (Satellite Navigation) and using infotainment systems can affect concentration levels. There are many more forms of distraction that can endanger yourself, your passengers and other road users if you choose to let them.

Why is this issue so important?

Distracted driving may not appear to be as dangerous as drink driving or falling asleep at the wheel but the severity of a crash can be just as bad. This is because distracted drivers do not have time to take evasive action such as braking or swerving and this results in severe damage to people, property and liability.  Distracted driving is like being asleep at the wheel.