Definition of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is the practice of driving while engaging in an activity that takes away your concentration from the road. This can increase the risk of a car accident or incident which may result in injuries.

Types of Distracted Driving

The most common types of distracted driving include;

  1. Cognitive distraction - taking your mind off driving. For example, having deep thoughts that may make you lose focus.
  2. Manual distraction - taking your hand/s off the steering wheel for whatever reason. For example, adjusting the radio, eating and reaching out for something like a wallet or personal items.
  3. Visual distraction - happens when a driver looks at something else, other than the road ahead. For example, looking at the infotainment system like GPS and using a mobile phone.

Distracted Driving Facts

The number of people killed by distracted driving in 2016 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) is 3,450.

7 Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

  1. Avoid eating while driving.
  2. Do not drive when tired or drowsy.
  3. Avoid using your cell phone - connect your phone to blue tooth if you have to take any emergency calls.
  4. Pull over anytime you need to attend to your children or pets.
  5. Set up your navigation before you begin your trip.
  6. Ask your passengers for any help that may distract you when driving.
  7. Be alert, focus on driving, utilize your mirrors and watch out for other road users.

How Are You Avoiding Distracted Driving?

Have the conversation with your friends and family on the ways you avoid distracted driving. Larry H. Miller advocates for safe driving. Do not get distracted while driving! It can wait!