WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?
VISUAL - TAKING YOUR EYES OFF THE ROAD
MANUAL - TAKING YOUR HANDS OFF THE WHEEL
COGNITIVE - TAKING YOUR MIND OFF WHAT YOU'RE DOING
While all distractions can endanger drivers' safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction.
TIPS ON HOW TO STAY FOCUSED ON THE ROADS
- Pull over and use your cellphone for emergency situations only.
- Avoid eating, drinking and grooming while driving.
- Focus on the road and not on the passengers in the vehicle.
- If your friends, and even your parents, are using a cell phone while driving, call them out and tell them to stop.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) & National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)