April is distracted driving awareness month. Many drivers think of texting and driving, especially in teen drivers, as the big issue when it comes to cutting down on distracted driving accidents.
In reality, all of us are probably guilty of distracted driving at some point. Learning what distracted driving is and learning to wait on engaging with those distractions until after driving are both key to helping put an end to distracted driving accidents.
You can help save lives by recognizing the three types of distraction while driving:
- Visual. This is probably what you first think about when you hear distracted driving. Taking your eyes off the road for a second can be long enough to cause an accident.
- Cognitive. Taking your mind off the road can be equally dangerous. Have you ever had one of those drives where you don’t remember getting home? Not thinking about driving can slow your reaction time and leave you unprepared for hazards in the roadway.
- Manual. Anything that takes your hands off the wheel or your foot away from the pedals is dangerous because it also slows your reaction time.
The reason cell phones and other mobile devices are so dangerous behind the wheel is because they require visual, cognitive, and manual distractions from driving.
Be safe out there. Save the texts, meals, and makeup applications for later.
At the Romano Law Group, we are dedicated to helping the victims of distracted driving accidents put the pieces of their life back together. If you are suffering from car accident injuries, please call 561-533-6700 today for your free consultation. We represent clients throughout the Palm Beach and West Palm Beach communities.