Don’t Let These Distractions Cause Accidents!
Are you one of those people who likes to talk to their passengers, eat food, and text while driving? These are all very dangerous, and according to the Department of Motor Vehicles official website, can be categorized into three distinct types of driving distractions.
Geyers Towing has been Maryland’s premier roadside assistance service since 1993, and we have seen our fair share of accidents caused by distracted driving. Read on to better understand how to prevent this from happening to you!
A visual distraction is something that pulls your eyes away from the road. Looking at your phone, or something interesting on the side of the road, or other passengers in the car can drastically reduce your ability to drive well.
Thousands of accidents a year are caused by cell phone use while driving. Don’t let yourself become part of the statistic! Make sure your passengers and contacts understand that you prioritize them but that road safety comes first.
A manual distraction is an activity that requires you to use your hands while driving, such as changing the radio station or plugging an address into the GPS, smoking a cigarette, adjusting your seatbelt, eating food, or searching through a purse, backpack, or wallet.
These may all seem like normal things to do while on the road, but slipping into these habits can drastically reduce your ability to make a sudden turn or avoid an obstacle on the road. Be intentional about your driving habits and make sure you have your AC, music, and GPS set up before you hit the road. If you have passengers in the car then you can enlist their help as well.
A cognitive distraction is something that takes your mind off of the road. This can be something like talking to the other people in the car, daydreaming and imagining things that take you out of the present, being intoxicated on drugs or alcohol, or being drowsy.
Driving while tired can be a major cognitive distraction. While driving under the influence of a substance is a much-talked-about issue, driving while tired or distracted can also be very dangerous.
Make sure that your passengers understand that they need to respect your focus and not expect all of your attention to be on them. If you are tired or under the influence of a substance then let somebody who is awake and sober be the driver. If you feel impatient and angry at other cars on the road then it’s fine to pull over and wait until you’ve cooled down before driving again.
Cognitive distractions are the kind you need to become good at regulating on your own. Of course, you can still talk to the passenger in your car, but make sure that your main cognitive focus is on driving!
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