What Constitutes Distracted Driving - and WhyA distraction can be virtually anything that detracts from the driver, focusing on safely controlling the vehicle on the road and reacting to goings-on in the surrounding area.
Distractions may include, but are not limited to:
- Making or answering cellphone calls while driving - This is one of the most dangerous distractions that frequently tempt drivers, but many do it daily.
- Texting - Possibly even more dangerous than making calls while driving, texting while driving not only requires you to look at your phone but also ties up one of your hands that should be on the wheel.
- Multi-tasking, such as applying makeup or eating - Anything that draws your attention away from the road is a hazard, whether it forces you to use your hands for something other than the operation of the car or pulls your gaze away from your surroundings.
- Loud music - Playing music loudly can drown out important environmental noises, such as engine sounds or car horns. A recent study also found that brain power is reduced by 40% when listening to music or conversing while driving.
- Navigating - Pull over if you are lost or unfamiliar with an area. Reading a map can distract your concentration from potential hazards or traffic flow.
- Aggravated emotional states - Hysteria and anger are two examples of extreme emotional duress that can put a driver in jeopardy when operating a vehicle.
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