In Connecticut, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injuries. Unfortunately, most of these accidents are preventable by making smart choices while behind the wheel. One of the most important choices you can make is to avoid distracted driving.
How distracted driving occurs
There are three main types of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distractions occur when you take your eyes off the road to look at something else. For instance, you may look at your phone or change the radio station. Manual distractions occur when you take your hands off the wheel to do something else. For instance, you may fiddle with your phone or eat food.
Cognitive distractions, on the other hand, occur when you take your mind off of driving to think about something else. For instance, you may daydream or have a conversation with a passenger. All three types of distracted driving are dangerous because they reduce your ability to pay attention to the road and react in time to hazards, potentially leading to motor vehicle accidents.
How can you avoid distracted driving?
One of the best ways to avoid distracted driving understanding what your distractions are. Once you know your distractions you can then make a conscious effort to avoid them.
For instance, if you know that you get distracted by looking at your phone, make a rule that you will not look at it while driving. If you know that you get distracted by talking to passengers, limit conversations or wait until you’ve stopped to have them. In short, being aware of your own distractions and making an effort to avoid them is the best way to avoid distracted driving.
Although it may not seem like so, a simple distraction while driving can lead to some very serious consequences, including death. If you’re ever in doubt, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and wait until you’ve stopped to do whatever it is that’s distracting you. By following these simple tips, you can help keep yourself and others safe on the road.