Distracted Driving Has Become Almost Synonymous With Texting While Driving
Many activities can prove distracting while driving: eating, adjusting the radio or temperature dials, talking with passengers, grooming, etc. So why is it that the term “distracted driving” has become almost synonymous with “texting while driving?” Because despite the awareness of the dangers, texting while driving is occurring at alarming rates.
According to a recent study completed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 58 percent of the car crashes analyzed involved distracted driving, with cell phone use being one of the most common forms of distraction.
The act of texting involves three types of distracted driving, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Visual: taking one’s eyes off the road
- Manual: taking one’s hand’s off the wheel
- Cognitive: taking one’s mind off of driving
Here is what you can do to help decrease that number and to make the roads we all share a little safer.