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What are the Three Main Categories of Distracted Driving

There are many causes of motor vehicle accidents in the country that are caused by distracted driving. Almost one out of five crashes in Nevada are the result of distracted driving. While distracted driving is commonly seen, many people still don’t know what exactly it is.

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The Three Types of Distracted Driving

There are three distinct types of distracted driving, each affecting different aspects of your ability to drive. The CDC identified three types of distracted driving. This category includes:

  • Manual Distractions

It is considered a manual distraction when something takes your hands away from the wheel or gear shift for any length of time. Any time your hands are off the steering wheel, you are engaging in a manual distraction. The act of reaching for food in the car or turning on the radio may appear to be simple, but it can significantly slow your reaction time and cause you to be more distracted. 

When driving, studies have shown that an increased level of manual interaction increases concentration. According to one study, drivers of vehicles with manual transmissions were more likely to stay focused and make fewer driving errors, as they had to keep their attention very focused when they were trying to operate the stick shift.

  • Cognitive Distractions

Distractions of the cognitive kind can be insidious. Cognitive distractions are most commonly not apparent until the person snaps out of it or realizes they were distracted and that’s when they end up in a crash. When you’ve lost track of your commute or noticed yourself daydreaming while driving, you’ve been distracted by a cognitive process. 

Any distraction which causes you to lose focus or to divert your attention away from driving is considered a cognitive distraction. Whether you are listening to your favorites, thinking of responses to what your passenger is saying, or planning ahead for when you get home, you may be spending your time in the car. Each of these factors has its own strain on your mind, but they all distract you on the same level.

  • Visual Distractions

Visual distractions include anything that diverts your attention from the road. So checking your phone while driving is just as distracting as taking a look at a billboard or trying to see what’s going on in an accident that happened.

The danger of visual distraction is greatest when driving at a high speed. Like this scenario, when you are driving and you see some people fighting and the car in front of you breaks but you did not notice before you could even break you have already bumped into their car. That is one example of visual distraction.

Throughout the past few years, there have been a lot of discussions about distracted driving. It’s common for people to discuss texting while driving, but this is just one symptom of a much bigger problem, that’s because this type of driving behavior isn’t a single act. It’s a pattern of behavior that’s born from those three forms of distracted driving.

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