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Do you know the different forms of distracted driving?

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Distracted driving is a huge problem in Georgia. Every day, a motor vehicle accident occurs because a driver tried reaching for something, talking on the phone, or doing something else that took their attention away from the road. As a driver, it’s important to understand the different ways you can be distracted so that you can avoid them.

Manual distractions

When you take your hands off the wheel, you’re not in control of your vehicle. This can happen when you’re fumbling with something in your lap, reaching for something in the backseat, or trying to eat or drink while driving. Any time you’re not holding onto the steering wheel with both hands, you’re putting yourself and others at risk.

To avoid manual distractions, keep your hands on the wheel at all times. If you need to adjust something, pull over to a safe location first.

Visual distractions

Taking your eyes off the road, even for a second, can lead to motor vehicle accidents. If you’re looking at something else, you’re not paying attention to the task of driving. Common visual distractions include looking at passengers, looking at objects outside of the car, reading text messages or emails and watching videos.

To avoid visual distractions, keep your eyes on the road at all times. If you need to look at something else, slow down or pull over to a safe location.

Cognitive distractions

Cognitive distractions happen when your mind is not focused on driving. This can happen when you’re daydreaming, thinking about something else, or even just tired.

To avoid cognitive distractions, pay attention to the task of driving at all times. If you find your mind wandering, take a break from driving and rest. Only get back on the road when you’re alert and able to focus.

Distracted driving is a serious issue, but it’s one that you can avoid if you’re aware of the different types of distractions. By being mindful of your surroundings and keeping your attention on the road, you can help keep yourself and others safe.