Most people are now aware that distracted driving is on the rise and it is responsible for an increase in fatal car accidents. What many people do not realize is that distracted driving is not limited to people texting while driving. There are actually three different ways a person can become distracted while driving. Keep reading to learn about all three and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation if you have been injured in a car accident.
- Visual Distracted Driving
- Manual Distracted Driving
- Cognitive Distracted Driving
Anything you are doing that requires you to take your eyes of the road is visual distracted driving. This can be the famous use of cell phones via texting or calling someone, it can be looking at your GPS, changing your radio dial, looking for something in the glove box, etc. The key is to keep your eyes on the road. Remember that it only takes one second for an accident to happen. You are driving a multi-thousand pound machine and it warrants your complete attention.
Manual distracted driving involves anything that requires you to take your hands off the wheel. This overlaps with many visual distracted driving behaviors, such as texting, putting an address into your GPS system, getting something out of the back seat, and changing the radio station. There are also additional ways manual distracted driving can occur, such as keeping your eyes on the road but using your hands to eat. If an emergency were to occur, your hands would not be free to swerve out of the way.
Even if you have both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, you could still be taking part in distracted driving behavior. If you have ever driven a familiar route, found yourself at your destination, and not remembered the details of how you got there, then you may have been driving while cognitively distracted.
Many people are surprised to learn that talking on the phone – even with a hands-free device – causes cognitive distraction. In fact, several studies have shown that it can increase the chance of an accident by as much as four times. This is why teen drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use any electronic device while driving – even if it is a hands-free device.
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