Distracted driving is becoming a major contributor to car crashes. The National Highway Safety Administration says that in 2014, over 3,000 people were killed as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver.
In addition, another more than 431,000 were injured in such crashes.
Using a cell phone is a clear form of distracted driving, but there are many other ways of becoming distracted.
Here is a partial list:
- Talking to a passenger
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting your radio or entertainment system
- Eating food
- Paying attention to children or pets
- Reading a map or written directions
- Applying makeup or brushing or combing your hair
There are several ways of being distracted:
- Visual – taking your eyes off the road
- Mental – taking your mind off of driving
- Physical – taking your hands or feet off the steering wheel or pedals
We have all done one or more of these things. Try to find ways to reduce or eliminate as many of them as possible.
Always remember that driving an automobile or truck is likely to be the most dangerous thing we do in our lives.
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