Despite popular belief, cell phone use is not the only form of distracted driving. There are three main types of driving distractions, and each proves to be equally as dangerous as the other: visual, manual, and cognitive. We want to help you navigate the roads without putting yourself and others at risk, which is why we have gathered a list of the most common driving distractions and accompanying safe driving tips:
- Taking your furry family member out for a drive may seem harmless, but they can also pose as an extreme risk. Dogs do not sit in their seat without moving; rather, they require just as much attention as inside your home. If possible, secure your pooch to enhance safety.
- Even if you are in a rush, eating and drinking should be avoided while driving at all times. If you are munching on your breakfast sandwich with one hand, how can you drive with a safety-first mentality?
- Adjusting the controls and devices of your vehicle can be extremely dangerous, as your hands have left the wheel and your mind has altered focus. It is important that you set your playlist ahead of time and enter your destination into your navigation before backing out of the driveway.
- One of the most obvious and deadliest driving distractions current society is experiencing is cell phone use. This goes for talking, dialing, texting, searching, and listening. You should never use your cell phone while behind the wheel, despite how “important” of a phone call it is. This deadly distraction can easily be combated with automatic-response applications and devices and Bluetooth services.