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Distracted Driving Awareness

by Anna Mischke | May 17, 2017
03-28-17_distracteddrivingDistracted driving is a problem for every age group. No matter if you’re on or off the job you should always try to focus on the road. These are the three categories of driving distractions: 

• Visual (eyes off road) 
• Manual (hands off wheel)
• Cognitive (taking your mind off driving) 

Examples of visual distractions would be staring at people, landmarks, or collisions that occurred. Actions such as eating, drinking, smoking, changing the radio, or reaching for an object inside the vehicle are primarily a manual distraction, but can be cognitive and visual as well. Cognitive distractions are thinking about difficult issues at home or other complex life issues.

Some actions involve all three categories, and therefore are the distractions with the highest risk. This can include using a cell phone, texting, using a GPS device, and reading a map or other paperwork. While driving 55 MPH a vehicle will travel 80.6 feet per second. When you type a text message that requires five seconds of your time, you travelled 403 feet without an idea of what was going on around you.

According to Distraction.gov, 3,179 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving in 2014, and 431,000 people were injured. This is almost one out of every five crashes. We owe it to our friends, our families, and ourselves to eliminate distractions while driving and focus on returning home safe every day. 

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