In most states, you can be pulled over and ticketed for texting while driving. Some states also ban handheld cell phone use. Look up the laws in your state and wherever you plan to drive.
Texting while driving is extremely hazardous because it involves visual, manual, and cognitive attention, but any activity that distracts a driver can lead to a serious accident.
Other common distractions include eating, grooming, reading directions, and adjusting the radio. These activities may seem harmless, but the fact is that hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. are killed or injured every year as a result of distracted driving.
What can you do and can you NOT do in your state? Find out here.
SOURCE: USA.gov team email, sent 11.14.13