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Understanding distracted driving

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Distracted driving is a huge problem in Georgia and throughout the United States. Every day, people are injured or killed because motorists were not paying attention to the road. There are many different types of distractions that can cause a driver to lose focus, but there are some that are more common than others.

Visual distractions

These are anything that takes your eyes off the road. This can include things, like looking at a GPS device, reading a text message or even checking email. Sometimes, drivers will even try to take pictures while they are driving.

It only takes a second for a motor vehicle accident to happen. That’s why it’s so important to keep your eyes on the road at all times. You should always keep your eyes on the road even if you are stopped at a light or stop sign.

Manual distractions

These are anything that takes your hands off the wheel. This can include things, like texting, looking for something in the glove box or even eating while driving. It’s important to keep both hands on the wheel at all times so you can be ready to react if something happens. If you need to do something that’s likely to take your hands off the wheel, park in a safe location first.

Cognitive distractions

Sometimes, the most dangerous distractions are the ones that take your mind off of driving. This can include things, like talking on the phone and daydreaming. When you’re not focused on driving, you’re more likely to make mistakes. If you find yourself getting distracted, pull over to a safe location and take a break. It also helps to keep your mind focused on the task at hand by avoiding conversations that can take your attention away from driving.

Generally speaking, any time you’re doing something that takes your attention away from driving, you’re increasing your risk of having an accident. By following these simple tips, you can help make the roads a safer place for yourself and everyone else around you.

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