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How to stop distracted driving

| Apr 5, 2020 | Firm News

Distracted driving is the cause of a huge percentage of car accidents across the country, and, tragically, many people die each year because drivers were not focusing on the road. Due to increased attention paid to technology and the presence of phone addiction, unfortunately, the cases of distracted driving accidents continue to increase.

If you are worried about getting involved in a car accident as a result of distracted driving, it is paramount that you understand the different types of distracted driving. The following is an overview of the different ways that you can become distracted while driving.

Cognitive distraction

When you are behind the wheel, your mind should be focused on driving safely at all times. You should be fully focused so that you can anticipate potential hazards and make judgments based on what you see and hear.

This is why you should try to avoid talking, whether on the phone or in-person when driving a car. You should also avoid driving when you are particularly stressed, upset or angry. For example, if you have just had a fiery argument with your partner and you decide to drive your car, your thoughts might be so occupied with the argument that just occurred that you are unable to fully focus on driving safely.

Visual distraction

You can’t drive safely if you are not watching the road. This is why you should never use your phone when driving. Phone use is both a cognitive and visual distraction and causes countless accidents every year. You should also avoid turning around to look at the back seat when you are driving. If you want to ensure that your young children are safe at the back of the car, you may want to install a mirror that allows you to see them, so that visual distraction is minimized.

Physical distraction

Having your hands free means that you can react quickly when you need to. Therefore, you should never eat or drink when driving. This can limit your physical ability to react.

If you have recently been involved in a car accident and you believe that distracted driving was the cause, consider the type of distracted driving that you think occurred and try to find evidence to prove this.