Do you know the three types of distracted driving?

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Most of us are aware of different acts of distracted driving such as eating, texting or talking to a passenger while driving. Yet, did you know that there are three different classifications for these distractions? Each distraction takes away one or more of your senses’ focus off driving.

  • Cognitive distractions take your brain off the road to focus on work, family or personal matters. It’s often difficult to keep your mind from wandering to serious life issues but be aware of the danger in over-focusing on these things.

Distracting passengers also vie for our attention with things like side conversations.

  • Visual distractions take your eyes off the road like cognitive distractions take your mind off the road. Taking even a moment to look back at kids in the backseat or messing with the vehicle’s navigation system can draw our eyes from possible dangers ahead.
  • Manual distractions are things that keep our hands off the steering wheel. These distractions are usually involved in multitasking like eating or reaching for something that fell on the floor.

Identify and eliminate driving distractions

It’s easier than ever for distractions to interfere with driving thanks to the accessibility of technology and fast-paced nature of our society. Technologies like Bluetooth devices make driving safer by allowing the driver to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. GPS or navigation systems often restrict the ability of the user to use the system while the vehicle is moving. It’s also advised to keep the radio volume down to not focus more on an enthralling podcast or a favorite song.

Thinking of how these different distractions affect the senses in relation to driving can help you recognize and eliminate them.

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