Distracted driving: Most common factors of distracted driving

Why do the accidents happen? This is the most common question is asked when we find any accident in our surrounding and everyone ask the question that How it (accident) happened? Whose fault is there on the road? And many more questions asked when a vehicle met with accident. The main reason behind most of the accidents is the distraction while driving. More than 90%  crashes caused by human error. The most common error drivers make include:

  • Missing road hazards or detecting them too slowly
  • Choosing incorrect defensive driving actions
  • Driving in a distracted or altered state, such as having inadequate sleep, being distracted by a phone or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Distracted Driving

Thousands die in cell phone distracted driving crashes every year. Many believe hands-free devices and dashboard infotainment systems are safe because they are provide by vehicle manufacturers, but research shows these technologies lead to cognitive distraction and inattention blindness. Thousands have died in crashes involving the use of cell phones, operating music systems in the cars while driving or talking to passengers. But in now a days the most common distracting factor is use of cellphone because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but when you are the one distracted, you often don't realize that driver is you.

Crashes Involving Cell Phone Use

Many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones are a top distraction because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day. New technology in vehicles is causing us to become more distracted behind the wheel than ever before. 53% of drivers believe if manufacturers put "infotainment" dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe. And, with some state laws focusing on handheld bans, many drivers honestly believe they are making the safe choice by using a hands-free device. But in fact, these technologies distract out brains even long after you've used them.
Make no mistake: This multitasking technology is about convenience, not safety.

The most common causes of distracted driving

Types of Distracted Driving
Distractions while driving can be categorized into three categories mentioned as:

  1. Visual
  2. Manual and
  3. Cognitive

Visual distractions involves taking one's eyes off the road, such as looking at a GPS system or involving yourself in the phone, checking baby's seat belt in the rear view mirror.
Manual distractions involve taking one's hands off wheel, such as searching for something in a bag, drinking or eating or changing radio stations.
Cognitive distractions occur when an individual is not mentally focused on the act of driving. Some distractions can combine some or all of these groups, such texting and calling on phone.


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