Put that phone down and pay attention to the road. 

It's official! Virginia now ranks as the No. 1 state for distracted drivers, with Maryland (No. 10) and D.C. (No. 7) not far behind. Zendrive conducted the study for the month of April in honor of Distracted Drivers Awareness Month

Currently, only 16 states have a hands-free driving law. Virginia does not have such a law, but Maryland and D.C. do – and still made the list of most distracted drivers. 

Virginia Senate member, Scott Surovell, has attempted several times to present hands-free driving legislation but has yet to be successful. There is a ban on texting and driving, however. 

More than any other distraction, drivers are more often found glued to their phones

According to the study, "Phone Addicts are at the tip of the iceberg of the distracted driving epidemic. They hide in plain sight, blatantly staring at their phones while driving down the road. On any given trip, they physically touch their phones four times more than the average driver. As a result, they spend six times longer watching their screens, with their eyes off of the road for 28 percent of their time spent on the road."

To prevent further accidents, certain cell phone providers have offered a driving mode that will block all incoming notifications while you are driving down the road. These settings or applications are free of charge and are intended to stop drivers from using their phones will driving. 

Here are a couple:

AT&T's DriveMode

  • Allows you to control your music
  • Blocks all incoming notifications
  • Sends automatic reply letting users know that you are driving 
  • Allows for incoming calls
  • Allows for the use of your GPS
  • Available for both Android and IOS
  • Siri enabled

SafeDrive: For Teen Drivers

  • Blocks all incoming notifications
  • Blocks all phone calls
  • The application can be controlled by parents
  • Records your speed
  • Challenge other drivers
  • Earn points to redeem in retail stores
  • Available for both Android and IOS

How do you feel about Virginia's ranking? Tell us in the comments.