Driver distraction is a contributing factor in fatal crashes and a contributing factor in serious injury crashes. Driving needs your full attention. Driver distraction is a serious road safety issue.

Distracted driver

Keep your mind on the task

Driving requires your complete attention.

You need to keep control of your vehicle at the same time as maintaining an awareness of your surroundings and potential hazards.

There are many causes of inattention while driving, including:

  • mobile phones
  • radios, CDs and iPods
  • information screens and GPS devices
  • food and drink
  • passengers
  • scenery.

Check out the New Zealand Transport Agency's advertisement on mobile phone distraction.(external link)