Distracted driving is doing any activity that diverts your attention while driving. There are three categories of distracted driving. Many activities that people attempt to accomplish while driving involve multiple categories at the same time.
Cognitive distraction is when your mind focuses on something other than driving. Visual distraction is when you take your eyes away from the road. Manual distraction is when you take your hands off the wheel to accomplish another task. There are things you can do to avoid these distractions.
Put your cell phone out of reach
Almost everyone has a cell phone with them at all times these days. While having a cell phone in the car with you is wise in case of emergency, you should not use it while driving. Use a hands-free option if you must talk on the phone while driving. Utilize an app or phone setting that silences notifications while your car is in motion to reduce the temptation to check them.
Do not multitask
Check your mirrors and seat comfort before you turn on the vehicle. Adjust radio and temperature settings when the car is not in motion. If you must eat in your car, finish eating while you are still parked.
Safely secure all children in their car seats or seat belts. Properly restrain pets so they cannot reach you behind the wheel. Assist elderly or other passengers who need assistance to make sure they are safely and comfortably secure in their seats.
Distracted driving can have dire and deadly consequences. Every year, about 3,000 people die in distracted driving crashes, so it is important to stay safe.