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What Are the Three Types of Distracted Driving?

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Did you know distracted driving kills more people yearly than drunk driving? Unfortunately, this is a real problem in our state, causing thousands of accidents and fatalities yearly. But what exactly is distracted driving?

To answer that question, we must understand the three types of distractions that can lead to unsafe driving. Let’s take a look at visual, manual, and cognitive distractions and how they can increase your chances of getting into an accident.

Visual Distractions

Visual distractions are anything that takes your eyes off the road for any amount of time. This could include checking your phone, changing the radio station, or even just looking away from the road for a split second. Even if it’s just for a few seconds, these distractions can be enough to cause an accident and should be avoided at all costs.

Manual Distractions

Manual distractions involve taking your hands off the wheel while you’re driving. Again, this could include checking your phone, texting while driving, or taking your hands off the wheel to eat or drink. You should always keep both hands on the wheel when operating a vehicle to maintain control and avoid any potential accidents.

Cognitive Distractions

Cognitive distractions are anything that takes your focus away from driving and onto something else. This could include daydreaming or thinking about something other than the task at hand. It’s important to stay focused on what you’re doing when you’re behind the wheel in order to remain safe while on the road.

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Distracted driving is a serious public safety concern and should be taken seriously by all Floridians who get behind the wheel. By understanding what constitutes visual, manual, and cognitive distractions, drivers can reduce their risk of getting into an accident by avoiding these behaviors altogether.

If you believe you were in an accident caused by distracted driving, do not hesitate to contact our team at (863) 644-5566. We answer our phones 24/7.