Distracted driving is when operators of a vehicle are preoccupied behind the wheel. Recent studies have revealed that distracted driving is just as dangerous as impaired driving. Here’s what every driver should avoid.
TYPES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING
Distractions can come from anywhere while driving. Examples of distracted driving generally fall into three categories, including:
- Visual distractions.
- Manually removing hands from the wheel.
- Cognitive distractions impacting concentration while driving.
These three categories can occur in a variety of ways. The following are the most common bad driving practices that can lead to a serious car accident.
CELL PHONE USAGE
Texting while driving leads to many auto accidents, and it usually involves all three of the types of distractions mentioned above. Texting while driving is now a driving violation in all states and even a criminal charge in some. This is without a doubt a practice that no one should be doing under any circumstance. If it is vital to send a text message, it’s imperative to pull over to do so. Even talking on a cell phone through Bluetooth can be a distraction as well.
ADJUSTING ENTERTAINMENT DEVICES
Many drivers are guilty of adjusting the radio or music player through their phones while driving. Even devices that are capable of voice control can still present problems. Only fuss around with the music when your car is in park or if there is a passenger in the car who can assist you.
MONITORING OTHER PASSENGERS
Multiple passengers in a vehicle can also create distractions for drivers, especially when children are riding. Here are some ways to keep your children safe and distractions at bay:
- Entertain them with games and coloring books.
- Ensure they have had ate beforehand.
- Pack a bag of goodies for each child — this will help you avoid digging through your bags while driving.
Not only can distractions happen inside your car, there are other outside road dangers as well — which is why It’s important to keep your eyes and thoughts focused on the road.