Driving distractions have existed since the first cars hit the road, but the growing use of technology has created more problems. There are three main types of driving distractions:
1- Manual (taking your hands off the wheel);
2- Visual (taking your eyes off the road);
3- Cognitive (taking your mind off driving).
And these distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety. The most common driving distractions are:
- Using a cell phone or smart phone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Undistracted Driving Follow these tips for undistracted driving:
- Make sure all passengers are buckled-up properly.
- Be well-rested and in the appropriate mindset to drive. Driving while you are upset or angry can be dangerous.
- Don’t tailgate (drive too closely behind another vehicle).
- Allow sufficient time to reach your destination.
- Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained.
Author: Darice Britt