The Three Types of Distracted Driving

Driving while distracted greatly increases the chances of being in an accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about nine people die every day as a result of distracted driving. More than 1,000 others are injured.

Primary Driving Distractions

Although anything that diverts a driver’s attention from the task of operating a motor vehicle constitutes distracted driving, the CDC has identified three primary types of distractions. Those are:

  • Visual: when drivers take their eyes off the road
  • Manual: when they take their hands off the steering wheel
  • Cognitive: when drivers take their attention off the task of driving

As per the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting while driving is the most dangerous form of distracted driving. That’s because texting drivers are distracted visually, manually and cognitively while operating a motor vehicle. One study at the Virginia Tech Traffic Institute compared sending or receiving a text message at 55 mph to driving the length of a football field blindfolded. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that texting while driving imposes a crash risk 23 times higher than when a driver isn’t distracted.

Other Driving Distractions

  • People just can’t drive safely without giving the task of driving their undivided attention.
  • Other driver activities that the NHTSA considers to be distractions consist of:Eating
  • Smoking
  • Adjusting a stereo or environmental control
  • Reaching for objects
  • Using a navigational device
  • Personal grooming

Distracted driving accidents, injuries and deaths are almost entirely preventable. Current distracted driving laws in the various states are not strictly enforced, namely because of their lack of uniformity. The most important thing that a person who is driving alone can do to avoid the risks of distracted driving is to turn their mobile phone off. They can turn it on again when they reach their destination.

If a driver has a passenger, that passenger can attend to calls, texts or other details. Avoid using a navigational device as much as possible on the road too. It can be set before you even leave your driveway. Lastly, avoid hot and sloppy foods. If you have food and drinks in your vehicle, make sure that they’re properly secured.

Irresponsible behavior while driving is something everybody is aware of but does not take seriously enough. When drivers are distracted, a world of trouble can happen for the lifetime of that driver or somebody else in just a few seconds. For more information about car accidents and seeking legal representation visit Car Accident Cases today.