What You Should Know About Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is any movement that redirects attention away from the fundamental task of driving. The number one cause of motor vehicle crashes is driver distraction. While cell phone use is the most common driving distraction, it is not limited to the use of mobile technology.

It is said that about 10% of the time you are driving, you are distracted. There are several dangerous distractions you may experience while driving and they have been categorized as cognitive distractions, visual distractions and manual distractions.

Cognitive Driving Distractions

When your mind is consumed with other things, especially thoughts involving strong emotions, cognitive distractions can cause you to take your thoughts off of driving. They include things like:

  • Leaving work after a stressful day

  • Conflicts with your car passengers

  • Pondering over a distressing event

  • Driving away after a heated argument

  • Responding to a text or email while driving

Visual Driving Distractions

Although you hands may be on the wheel, visual distractions and activities can lure you to take your eyes off the road. It could be things like:

  • Turning your head to check on your kids in the back

  • Looking at your GPS map and directions

  • Staring at a car accident

  • Looking at wildlife, scenery or something captivating out the window

  • Voice texting or talking on the phone while driving

Manual Driving Distractions

When you are in a hurry or trying to multi-task, manual distractions cause you to take your hands off of the wheel. Examples of this might be:

  • Eating or drinking

  • Applying makeup

  • Adjusting the car radio, temperature controls, windows or mirrors in the car

  • Smoking

  • Grabbing something that fell or tipped over

  • Using your cell phone to dial, check social media, take pictures or respond to texts

Driving and Cell Phones

Our mobile phones have practically become an extension of our own bodies in this day and age. Likely the most preventable epidemic that has taken thousands of lives and caused so much injury  is talking on the phone and texting while driving. Most teenagers do not realize the seriousness of the consequences of texting and driving. Now is a good time to discuss the dangers of this with your children.

The best way to impact your driving children after you talk to them is to lead by example. If they watch you drive while distracted, they will assume it is okay for them to as well. Before you drive, you should:

  1. Make any phone calls or respond to any texts that need quick response.

  2. Ensure all the passengers of the car are safely buckled in.

  3. Find the correct route and address on your GPS

  4. Finish up any food or drink you are consuming.

  5. Finish any makeup you are applying.

  6. Select your desired music and car temperature for your drive.

  7. Adjust the cars mirrors and windows where you want them.

  8. Make sure you are in a healthy state-of-mind to be driving.

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