Distracted driving kills more than 3,000 people every year. Because of this, drivers should become aware of the three main ways that they can become distracted while driving so that they can avoid them.
Visual – Visual distractions include anything that could impair the driver’s focus on the road. Visual distractions include everything from items hanging in the driver’s field of view, such as air fresheners, to GPS devices and situations in which the driver turns to talk to a passenger.
Manual – Manual distractions occur when the driver uses his or her hands to do or manipulate anything other than what is needed to drive the vehicle. Some examples include adjusting the radio and interacting with a cell phone.
Cognitive – Cognitive distractions include anything that captures the driver’s attention, such as daydreaming or getting lost in thought.
Distractions are not limited to just one of these categories. For example, using the cell phone could involve distractions to the driver’s visual, manual, and cognitive attention.
Distracted driving is dangerous because drivers are far more likely to become involved in a car crash while driving while distracted. Some studies have indicated that distracted drivers are just as likely to get into a car crash as drunk drivers.
We at the Hickey Law Firm, P.A. urge you to keep your attention on the road while you drive, and avoid driving while distracted
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