The dangers of distracted driving
Distracted driving occurs when drivers drive while engaging in another activity that is taking their attention away from driving. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately nine people die everyday from incidents that involved a distracted driver. Moreover, there are more than one 1,000 accidents that occur as a result of distracted driving each day. It is, therefore, important that drivers do not engage in other activities while driving.
The three primary distractions are visual, manual, and cognitive.
Visual distractions occur when the driver takes their eyes off the road. They might do this in case another object or incident draws their attention.
Manual distractions, on the other hand, occur when the driver takes their hands off the wheel in order to engage in other activities such as texting, adjusting climate control, radio or other activities in the car that require the driver to use their hands.
Cognitive distractions occur when the driver’ takes their mind off the driving. For instance, they could engage their mind in deep thought about a certain issue, thereby distracting them from the process of driving. This also includes sleep deprivation. When you are sleep deprived your senses and focus is not sharp.
Texting while driving is the most significant form of distractions since it creates a visual, manual, and cognitive distraction. This makes it a considerable threat for the safety of the driver and other road users.
Distracted driving results in numerous incidents some of which involve fatalities. In order to improve the safety on our roads, it is important that drivers can refrain from engaging in any of the activities discussed, which might distract them from the process of driving. By doing so, they would you would be playing an active role in making our roads safer for all drivers.