It is easy to understand the dangers of distracted driving. A distracted driver can pose a danger to not only themselves but other motorists, too.
The statistics are damning, with thousands of deaths recorded annually. Below are the various types of driver distractions and some tips on how to avoid being part of these statistics.
Types of driver distractions
Practically, anything that shifts the driver’s attention from driving is a distractor. There are four main types of distractions:
- Visual distraction where a driver takes their eyes off the road
- Manual distraction where a driver takes their hands off the steering wheel
- Cognitive distraction where the driver’s mind wanders away from driving and their road environment
- Auditory distractions where a driver is not able to hear whatever is going on around them
Either distraction can be deadly, depending on the circumstances.
Tips to avoid distracted driving
Avoiding distractions while driving is easier said than done. However, it is essential to avoid distractions of any kind for your safety. You can do this by using the tips below:
- Do not use your cellphone at all while driving unless it is an emergency.
- Do not drive while fatigued.
- If you have passengers, enlist their help so that you can focus on driving. It includes things like navigation or spotting landmarks.
- Do not have loud music in your car that might prevent you from hearing horns or tires screeching.
Have you been involved in a crash with a distracted driver?
You’re only part of the equation when it comes to roadway safety. You can control your behavior, but you can’t stop other people from driving while distracted.
If a distracted driver caused an accident that left you injured, they may be responsible for your damages. Adequate compensation by the liable party will go a long way in helping you get your life back on track.