The CDC reports that every day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted Driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving and increases the chance of a motor vehicle crash.
Different Types of Distraction
There are basically three different varieties of distraction from driving: Visual, Manual and Cognitive. While none of them are better or safer than the others, when combined the results can be catastrophic, even tragic. Let’s look at some examples of each type of distraction.
Visual: Taking your eyes off the road
Manual: Taking your hands off the wheel
Cognitive: Taking your mind off of driving
Drop The Distraction!
While any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others, texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. The bottom line is DROP THE DISTRACTION! Nothing is more important than the safety of yourself and those around you. Please, wait until you get to your destination or pull over if something requires immediate attention.