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Why is distracted driving so dangerous?

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2023 | Distracted Driving |

One of the biggest problems leading to Georgia car accidents is distracted driving. Even focusing on another task for a few seconds can be deadly.

Different types of distracted driving

Depending on the activity a driver engages in, different types of distracted driving can occur. Cognitive distraction causes a person’s mind to be focused on something other than driving and potential hazards on the road.

Visual distraction occurs when a driver looks at something when their eyes should be on the road. Manual distraction happens when a driver’s hands leave the steering wheel to touch an object.

Some activities only cause one type of distracted driving while others may involve two or even all three. Texting causes all three as it causes drivers to shift their eyes off the road, take their hands off the steering wheel and moves their concentration from the task of driving to their texting.

When a driver is distracted, they are less able to react in time in dangerous situations. Drivers often cannot maintain good control of their speed, steering or braking ability when focused on some outside distraction. Even glancing at a phone or other object for five seconds can cause a driver to get into a severe crash or hit a pedestrian.

Avoiding distracted driving

You can do your part to avoid this behavior. One way is to only use your cell phone for emergencies. Even if you rely on hands-free calls, you can still become distracted during conversations. Don’t make or engage in social phone calls.

Avoid eating while driving and pull over if you’re drowsy to prevent a car accident. Prepare your trip ahead of time and make sure your GPS has your destination pre-loaded. Don’t multitask while behind the wheel.

Be alert at all times when driving and use defensive driving techniques to your advantage. It can keep you and your passengers safer.