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DRIVING DISTRACTIONS AND STAYING SAFE ON THE ROAD

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Driving Distractions and Staying Safe on the Road 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:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smart phone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading
  • 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.

Source: source.southuniversity.edu Author: Darice Britt

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