The Disturbing Truth About Distracted Driving
Each year, thousands of people are killed and hundreds of thousands more are injured in accidents involving distracted drivers across the United States. To give you an idea of how many people were hurt in distracted driving accidents in the U.S. in 2013, the tally could fill up Florida’s three professional football stadiums more than twice. Despite a variety of campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that these types of crashes have increased 25 percent in the Sunshine State since 2012.
Types of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving can be divided into three different types:
- Visual distractions, either inside or outside your vehicle, cause you to take your eyes off the road.
- Manual distractions cause you to take your hands off the steering wheel.
- Cognitive distractions take your mind off the road.
Some distractions can span all three categories, such as when a driver fumbles to answer a phone call and takes his or her hands off the wheel and eyes off the road.
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