Survey: What Distracts You the Most While Driving?


Officer Tyrone Gross hands out a warning to a motorist who was talking on his cell phone on Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

A Washington, D.C., police officer hands a warning Tuesday to a driver who was talking on his cell phone. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Government leaders and safety advocates are meeting again Tuesday in Washington to discuss ways to keep drivers focused on the road instead of ever-more-prevalent electronic devices and other distractions.

We want to know what distracts you while you’re driving. Take our survey:

“Every time someone takes their focus off the road — even if it’s just for a moment — they put their lives and the lives of others in danger,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, according to The Associated Press:

Thirty states and the District of Columbia prohibit drivers from texting behind the wheel; eight states have passed laws barring drivers from using handheld cell phones. Nearly 5,500 people were killed last year in distracted driving crashes.

You can watch the second Distracted Driving Summit here and follow developments here.

If you want to test how texting affects your driving, The New York Times has an interactive driving simulator that shows you the difference in your reaction time between when you’re just driving and when you’re texting, too.

On Tuesday night’s NewsHour broadcast, Judy Woodruff speaks with Secretary LaHood about his department’s efforts to stamp out driving distractions.