What Exactly is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. Of course, we’ve all been behind someone who has been on their phone, instead of paying attention to the road. Sometimes we see people checking their phones at a red light. This might seem innocent, but the consequences can be significant. Even with advances in technology made to reduce fatalities, haven’t stopped the rise of accidents caused by distracted drivers.
Most people think of smartphone use when they hear distracted driving, but cell phones aren’t the only things that distract people in their cars. Distracted driving can be placed in three different categories. Visual, Manual, and cognitive. Visual, is a little more obvious. It’s anything that takes your eyes off the road. Manual distracted driving is doing anything that requires you to take your hands off the wheel. Lastly, cognitive distracted driving is when you don’t focus on driving while in the car. While Cell phone use is pretty common, there are other popular forms of distracted driving. Most people think eating while driving is perfectly fine, but it actually causes a lot of accidents.
Other forms of distracted driving are caring for a child, putting on make-up, reading, and even arguing with passengers. To put into perspective how long you travel when distracted, the CDC did a study that showed when driving 55MPH, taking your eyes off the road for just 5 seconds is enough time to cross the distance of an entire football field. In Texas, it is prohibited to read or write while behind the wheel. However, several cities have adopted ordinances that prohibit all cellphone use while driving.
Put a Stop To Distracted Drivers
Unfortunately, no amount of laws will stop prevent people from driving while distracted. However, there are steps you can take to make sure you don’t become distracted yourself. Simple things like not eating while driving, or turning off your phone when driving can help tremendously. Many peoples come with driving modes preinstalled. That way, you can simply stop notifications from annoying you while you’re behind the wheel.
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