Accidents caused by distracted driving are completely preventable. Yet 300,000 people are seriously injured in these accidents every year. The fight against distracted driving starts when drivers eliminate common driving distractions. These three tips can keep drivers focused on the road and prevent a serious accident.
The Florida Department of Transportation identifies three types of driving distractions.
· Manual Distractions
· Visual Distractions
· Cognitive Distractions
Cognitive distractions are, arguably, the most dangerous as they can be anything that takes a driver's mind off the road. The radio might be too loud. A discussion with a passenger might get too intense. Or, most likely, the driver became lost in thought and starts daydreaming at the wheel.
Drivers must make an effort to stay focused. If they catch themselves lost in a song, they should turn the radio down. Someone who notices they’re daydreaming should instead focus on the car ahead of them. Mindfulness and focus could save a life.
Stow Loose Items
It sounds so simple, but securing loose items can significantly reduce distracted driving accidents. Imagine a cup or groceries rolling around the car. They slide around every time the car accelerates or brakes.
The rolling items cause the driver to worry about damages, a cognitive distraction. They take their eyes off the road to find where the item landed, a visual distraction. Finally, they reach out to secure the item, a manual distraction. These three criteria exhibit the same distractions as cellphones. However, the manual distraction moves the driver’s hands further from the wheel.
Put Cellphones Away
Putting cellphones away has an enormous impact on driver safety. While cellphone use itself encompasses all three kinds of driving distractions (manual, visual, and cognitive), even having the cellphone in reach creates cognitive distractions.
Drivers question whether they have enough time to check their phones at the stoplight. They think of a text they want to send as soon as possible. They realize they forgot to make a note. Whatever the case, merely having the cellphone in reach creates temptation.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a distracted driving accident, you might have a case. If you’d like to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Martin County auto injury attorney from Lauri J. Goldstein and Associates, please send us an email or call (866) 675-4427.