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4 main types of driver distractions to avoid

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Distracted drivers pose a real danger not just to themselves but to other road users too. All your attention should be on the road whenever you are behind the wheel for a quick reaction. Accidents happen in an instant, and if you are not fully alert, you may fail to avert a potential crash by reacting too late.

Any activity that takes your attention from the road is a distraction.

What are the biggest distractions drivers face?

Most distracted driving is self-inflicted, albeit unintentionally. Below are the various forms of driver distractions you should avoid:

  • Visual distractions: These involve taking your eyes off the road. These include texting, operating the navigation system, or even sleeping behind the wheel due to driver fatigue.
  • Auditory distractions. You need to be aware of the environment around you, including hoots or screeches by other motorists, which may indicate a potential disaster. For instance, having your music so loud that you can’t hear whatever is happening outside your vehicle is a form of distraction that can be deadly.
  • Manual distractions: These occur when you take your hands off the wheel. You are very likely to lose control if your hands are not on the steering wheel. This is why it is advisable to keep your pets caged while driving and children well strapped. In addition, avoid using your cellphone or other activities that may lead to taking your hands off the steering wheel while driving.
  • Cognitive distractions: These happen when your mind wanders elsewhere. Deep thoughts while on the road may divert your attention from driving, which is a recipe for disaster. If you are stressed or not in the right mental state to drive, it is advisable to look for alternative means or have someone drive you instead.

Do not be part of the statistics

A 2018 report placed the deaths due to distracted driving in the thousands. Therefore, it is in your best interests to avoid any form of distractions whenever you are on the road. If a distracted driver caused your accident, it is necessary to protect your rights by making informed decisions on how to proceed. It will go a long way in ensuring you are adequately compensated for their negligence.