When it comes to distracted driving, many factors can be considered as distracting.
Pets are a distraction. Phones are a distraction. Eating is a distraction. Passengers are a distraction. The U.S. Department of Transportation defines distracted driving as any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract them from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.
According to the U.S. DOT, driver distractions include using a cell phone and/or texting, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, including maps, using a personal digital assistant or navigation system, watching a video, changing the radio station, CD, or MP3 player, and even loud music.