Distracted driving is a major contributor to easily avoidable crashes. From eating in the car, to texting while driving, there are countless ways for a driver to become distracted. It might be surprising to find out, cellphone use is not the most engaged-in distracting behavior, according to a study sponsored by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Interacting with a passenger is the distracting behavior that drivers engage with most often.
According to an Overview of the NHTSA's Driver Distraction Program, distraction can be categorized into the following three types: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distraction is comprised of tasks which require the driver to look away from the roadway to visually obtain information. Manual distraction consists of tasks which require the driver to take a hand off the steering wheel in order to manipulate a device. Cognitive distraction involves when the driver is thinking about something other than driving.
Any of these types of distractions can cause a near-crash, or even a collision on the roadways. Technology has been developed by many vehicle manufacturers to help minimize distraction of drivers; however, if your vehicle is not equipped with the latest technology, you might want to know how best to avoid distracting behaviors.
Staying focused while in your vehicle...
Staying focused on the roadways, and the conditions on the roadway before you, is the best way to avoid distraction-related crashes. Be aware and stay safe! Always remember that when you get behind the wheel, you have much more than your own life in your hands.