Operating a motor vehicle safely has many sets of challenges. As a driver, not only are you required to know the health and upkeep of your vehicle before getting on the road, you must also be aware of other outside factors, such as bad weather, road hazards, too much or too little sunlight, other drivers’ actions, and more.
What makes matters more complicated (and more deadly) is when distractions are added to the mix. Here are some scary facts about distracted driving to be aware of:
But how do we avoid accidents like this? First, we can start by defining what types of distractions there are to avoid. Here are a few:
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Manual distractions include times when your hands or feet are not controlling your vehicle while it’s in motion. This can include temporarily taking your hands off the wheel to pick something up or adjust a button, taking your foot off the gas or brake pedal while in cruise control, eating or drinking while driving, etc. Try to handle as much as you can while the vehicle is not in motion.
Visual & Manual
Many times, distractions can be both visual and manual at once. This includes texting while driving, adjusting mirrors, typing in an address into a navigation system, etc. The best way to stay safe is to do these things before or after your car is in motion.
Cognitive distractions while driving are when your mind is taken off the task of operating your vehicle. Many drivers who experience cognitive distractions are generally experiencing a major change in their lives—good or bad. It could be stress from a job, heartache from a breakup or death, overwhelming joy from hearing good news, etc. Anything that could take you emotionally and mentally away from the task of driving can be categorized as a cognitive distraction. The best thing to do under those circumstances is to pull over and collect yourself, or have someone else drive to your desired destination.
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