Distracted drivers are a well-known hazard on the roads. You can usually see them swerving around in their lanes, creeping over lines, or suddenly braking at the last moment due to not noticing either a stopped car or a traffic signal. According to the NHTSA, distracted driving caused roughly 424,000 accident-related injuries and more than 3,000 fatalities in the year 2013 alone.
Three Types of Distraction
There are three known types of driving distraction: cognitive, visual, and manual.
Cognitive distraction, otherwise called mental distraction, occurs when a driver is simply not focused on the road in front of them because of being mentally pre-occupied with something else. This can include everything from future plans, to family problems, to work-related issues. Even music or podcasts can cause a cognitive distraction. When a driver’s mind is so set on a mental distraction, it’s really easy to lose focus of the fact that they’re behind the wheel of a moving car. This is a particularly dangerous problem for those who are on long road trips, or going through a lot of stress.
A visual distraction is anything that draws the driver’s eyes away from the road, such as kids in the back seat, electronic devices in cars (including GPS modules), and videos/movies/DVDs playing while in the car. In some cases, billboards on the side of the road or highway are even visual distractions, intended to momentarily grab your attention to get their message across.
It’s not uncommon for a visual distraction to turn into a third type: the manual distraction. These can be anything that causes the driver to remove one or both of their hands from the steering wheel for any reason. Having lunch while heading back to work? What about adjusting your stereo or GPS? All of these are manual distractions, and could seriously increase your chances of an accident.
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