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The Three Types of Distracted Driving

What Are the Three Types of Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving refers to any activity the driver participates in that diverts attention from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and pedestrian safety.

There are three types of driving distractions, all of which are very dangerous, they are:

  • Visual
  • Manual
  • And cognitive

Visual Distractions While Driving

In the U.S., just about 6 million car accidents each year, and many of them are caused by visual distractions. When a driver doesn't focus on driving and takes his or her eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, it can lead to disaster. Although cell phones and other electronic devices are often blamed for causing accidents, there are many other potential sources of visual distraction.

For example, passengers in the car can be a distraction, as can children or pets. Even looking at objects outside the car can take a driver's attention away from the road. To best avoid accidents, it is important for drivers to be aware of potential sources of visual distraction and make an effort to keep their eyes on the road at all times.

Manual Distractions While Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates manual distractions are a leading cause of car accidents. When a driver removes even one hand from the steering wheel to fiddle with the radio, adjust their GPS, or answer a phone call, they are putting themselves and others at risk.

Even simply looking away from the road to find something in the car can be dangerous. All it takes is a split second of distraction for an accident to occur. Drivers should be aware of the dangers of manual distractions and make an effort to avoid them.

If possible, they should pull over to a safe location before adjusting anything in the car. By being mindful of the dangers of manual distractions, drivers can help to keep themselves and others safe on the road.

Cognitive Distractions While Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cognitive distractions are anything that takes a driver's focus away from the task of driving.

This can include:

  • Daydreaming
  • Talking to passengers
  • Or even using a hands-free device to make a phone call

While many drivers believe that they can multitask behind the wheel, the fact is that cognitive distractions can have a significant impact on safety. Studies have shown that even brief periods of distraction can increase the risk of accidents.

As a result, it is important for drivers to be aware of the potential dangers of cognitive distractions and take steps to avoid them. When driving, it is best to focus your attention on the road and limit any other activities as much as possible. By doing so, you can help to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road.

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