The Many Types of Distracted Driving [Infographic]

Distracted Driving Infographic

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The 3 Types of Distraction

Visual

When you take your eyes off the road.

Manual

When you take your hands off the wheel.

Cognitive

When you take your mind off driving and staying safe.

Cognitive can typically include visual and manual distraction

2015 Distracted Driving Crash Statistics

People Killed
People Injured

Some of The Distractions We Face While Driving

Cell Phones

Eating & Drinking

Adjusting the GPS

Talking w/ Passengers

Grooming & Makeup

Adjusting the Radio & Climate

Drowsiness

Cell Phones & Distracted Driving

People were killed due to cell phone distraction
Drivers 20-29 years old are 2-3 times more likely to be killed due to cell phone distraction than middle aged adults.

Texting takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds

At 55 MPH, that’s like driving an entire football field blindfolded.

Drivers vs. Passengers

People killed were drivers
People killed were passengers
People killed were non-occupants

Don’t Become Another Statistic!

Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

Put your cell phone away

Only use your cell phone for an emergency situation when driving. If you need to use it, be sure to pull over first.

Feeling sleepy? Pull over

Being tired behind the wheel can increase your risk of crashing by nearly 4 times. Don’t risk it. Pull off the road and take a nap.

Eating can wait

Eating/drinking can take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and shift your focus. Either eat before driving or hold off until you arrive at your destination.

Stay focused

Our lives are busy, but don’t let your mind wander off. There will always be time to make that phone call, send that text, put together your shopping list, or fix your hair/makeup. It can wait.

Limit passengers and activity within the car

Many states prohibit teens from having passengers in the cars early on, and for good reason. Passengers can easily distract you with a simple conversation. Hold off on chatting until you’ve finished driving.

Always remember to buckle up, put your cell phone away, and be cautious of other drivers. Just because you’re not distracted behind the wheel, doesn’t mean other motorists are playing it safe as well.

Taking a defensive driving course can not only keep you safe, but most insurance companies will also give you a discount on your premium.

Source: https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812381