Distracted Driving Is…
As stated on the website Distraction.gov, there are three main types of distraction:
- Visual – taking your eyes off the road
- Manual – taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive – taking your mind off what you’re doing
Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.
While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than half a million were injured. That breaks down to 16 deaths per day! Statistics such as those prompted Oprah Winfrey to launch “No Phone Zone Day” last April and pot a pledge on her website encouraging all drivers to limit cell usage in their vehicles.
Learn more about distracted driving at the sites below: