April has been commemorated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving comes in various forms, from texting while driving, to much simpler acts, such as adjusting the radio or climate control, which can prove just as hazardous. What are driving distractions? Any stimulus that contains a distraction component:
* Visual Distraction – Taking your eyes off the road.
* Manual Distraction – Taking your hands or feet off the steering wheel, or controls.
* Cognitive Distraction – Taking your mind off the task at hand, in this case driving.
So why is texting and driving so dangerous? It involves all three components of distraction, making it a recipe for disaster. But texting isn’t the only culprit.
Talking on a cell phone, tending to a child or other occupant, eating, drinking, adjusting vehicle settings, even putting on make-up involve some, if not all of the components of distracted driving.
Distracted driving poses a danger to all users of our roadways. Successful, incident free driving involves keeping your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road, and your mind on driving your vehicle.