We have all seen it, and some of us, regretfully, have done it. What is it, you ask? Distracted driving. Now and then, we find ourselves in a rush, forcing ourselves to eat, drink, or even put on makeup while behind the wheel. Although it might save some time, distracted driving claims the lives of approximately nine people in the United States daily. This blog aims to discuss common signs of a distracted driver and help you know when to safely distance yourself from harm’s way.
3 Main Types of Distracted Driving
- Visual - Occur when you take your eyes off the road.
- Cognitive - When you take your mind off the task of driving.
- Manual - When you take your hand off the steering wheel.
Common Signs of Distracted Driving
Bent or Hunched Over Posture
A driver who looks to be bending forward while driving could be trying to reach for something on the floor or in the glove box, taking their attention off the road. Doing this is not only taking their eyes off the road but also their mind and hands. Being preoccupied with a different task means they are participating in all three types of distracted driving.
One of the most common ways drivers are distracted behind the wheel is eating or drinking. While we all get hungry when we are running errands or on a road trip, the consequences of eating while operating a vehicle can be devastating. Not only are your hands preoccupied holding your food, but you are also taking your eyes off the road. Although it might be just a split second, taking your eyes off where you are going can change your life, and someone else’s forever.
Looking At Their Lap/Glow of a Screen
If you witness a driver with their head facing their lap or a glow of a screen reflecting off their face, most likely they are on their phone. Typically, a driver who looks at their cell phone takes their eyes off the road for five seconds. Although five seconds may not seem like a long time, a driver traveling 55 miles per hour will drive the length of a football field in that short time. Can you imagine how dangerous it is to drive that distance without looking at the road? If you witness a driver looking at their phone, immediately put adequate space between your cars to avoid a distracted driving-related accident.
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