Texting and driving is not the only distraction on the road.
There are other categories that distractions can fall into. It’s important to be aware of each and how to mitigate them when you’re behind the wheel. Here’s how to reduce distractions while driving and what to do if you or someone you love were hurt in a distracted driving accident.
Visual distractions are the most common of the four types — they engage your sense of sight and often completely remove your eyes from the road. This also makes it one of the most dangerous types of distraction that can occur when driving. A visual distraction can be outside your car, such as a panhandler on the side of the road, or inside your vehicle, like a friend in the passenger seat showing you a picture on their phone.
Auditory distractions, or distractions you can hear, are also quite common. Outside your vehicle, these distractions can include the sound of construction or heavy machinery nearby, or another car playing music loudly. Inside the vehicle, your own music may be too loud, or your passengers may be arguing or talking loudly, preventing you from hearing the traffic around you very well.
Distractions you can touch are called manual distractions and are quite dangerous compared to auditory distractions. If your hands aren’t on the wheel, you could easily lose control of the vehicle. At the very least, your reaction time is slowed while your hands are occupied. Use caution when changing the radio or climate controls or going through your bag, and never text and drive.
Sometimes there’s nothing externally that distracts a driver — it’s their own mind. Daydreaming can be problematic when it’s behind the wheel because it takes only a few seconds to lose control of the vehicle. Narrate what you see to yourself or out loud to maintain focus on the road and not on your thoughts.
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