Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving Behaviors: Distracted Driving

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many traffic accidents occur because of genuine error and bad luck, but there are some that can be prevented but occurred anyway because of reckless behaviors such as distracted driving. Getting distracted while driving limit the driver’s ability to react on time on expected and unexpected events, putting not just them in danger of car accidents, but also the others around them.

When innocent parties have been negatively affected by negligent parties, legal actions may be taken. This further proves that negligent behaviors on the road, such as distracted driving, are not tolerated even by the legal community.

Different Types of Distractions
Distractions can be classified into three kinds – cognitive, manual, and visual. Cognitive distractions are those that put your mind off the act of driving, such as daydreaming, getting too involved in conversations with passengers, and emotional and psychological issues that may occupy your mind.

Manual distractions are things that put your hands off the steering wheel, such as mobile phones, tablets, music players, radios, and even food, drinks, and grooming materials like combs and mirrors.
Visual distractions are those that put your eyes off the road, such as looking at your GPS device or mobile phone, browsing through your music playlist, searching for an item inside your vehicle, and looking at your passengers to engage in conversation.

Dangers of Distracted Driving
Safe driving requires body coordination, particularly between the hands, eyes, and feet. Anything that compromises this coordination put you at risk of accidents. It is much worse if other people are already involved, because they may get hurt because of your negligence.

Distracted driving limits your reaction time. If a vehicle suddenly swerves or turns in front of you, a pedestrian or animal crosses the street, or an unexpected obstruction is on the road, you will not have enough time to judge the situation and act accordingly because your mind is not focused, your hand is off the wheel, and your eyes are not on the road.

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