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Most Common Driving Distractions

While many of us spend a lot of time on the road, have you ever thought about how much time you spend driving distracted? Distracted driving is the act of engaging in other activities while driving a vehicle. These activities distract the driver’s attention away from the road, often causing an accident. Distractions are shown to risk the safety of not only the driver, but also passengers, pedestrians, and people in other vehicles.

There are three types of distractions while driving: manual, visual, and cognitive. Manual distractions involve taking your hands off the wheel, such as drinking water or changing the radio station. Visual distractions involve taking your eyes off the road, such as looking at a yard sale as you drive by. Cognitive distraction take place when the driver is not mentally focused on driving. A very common distraction today, texting while driving, is an example where all three types of distractions are taking place.

Distracted driving can be very dangerous. Not only is distracted driving a major cause of car-related injuries, but also deaths. It is important to be aware of your surroundings while operating a vehicle. Here are the top ten driving distractions:

  1. Genuinely distracted – “lost in thought”
  2. Cell phone usage
  3. Outside person, object, or event
  4. Other occupants
  5. Using a device in the car
  6. Eating or drinking
  7. Adjusting audio or climate controls
  8. Using devices to operate the vehicle
  9. Moving objects
  10. Smoking-related

The crew at Salem Auto Body & Paintworks cares about the condition of you and your vehicle. We understand sometimes it is easy to get distracted while driving a car or truck. However, we always recommend keeping your eyes and ears on the road. In the case of an accident, be sure to give us a call at 503.378.7595. Stay safe & enjoy the ride.