Distracted driving occurs when a driver does not pay full attention to the road when they are behind the wheel. Cellphones are cited as one of the most common causes of distracted driving, which has worsened as smart phones have become more and more popular. But what about other distractions? Our blog takes a look at some of the most unexpected issues that lead to distracted driving.
Distracted Driving Takes Many Forms
Distracted driving can take three separate forms: visual, cognitive, and manual. When the eyes, hands, and mind are not focused on the road, the likelihood for accidents increases. With the increase in texting and driving laws across the United States, focus has been put on limiting and minimizing cellphone usage. However, distracted driving can take many forms. With this kind of driving causing 15 fatalities and 1,200 injuries every day, it is important that all drivers know how to avoid and reduce distracted driving habits.
Ways that drivers remain distracted behind the wheel includes:
- Eating and drinking
- Personal grooming
- Putting on makeup
- Letting pets outside of cages or restraints
- Caring for young children
- In-car entertainment, such as DVDs and iPods
- Listening to the radio
- Reading billboards
- Adjusting vehicle controls
Even these common things people frequently do in the car could cause serious accidents. The best way to ensure safety behind the wheel is to engage in undistracted driving by staying completely focused on the road when behind the wheel. By taking steps to adjust car controls and radio setting before entering the vehicle, restraining children and pets, and eat meals ahead of time, it can greatly help increase driver safety.