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3 types of distractions to avoid while you are driving

One thing that drivers should always remember is that distractions can kill. You need to use all of your senses when you drive so that you can stay safe. Having anything take your focus off the road could lead to a serious accident.

There are three types of distractions that are particularly troublesome -- manual, visual and cognitive. Each of these take a crucial part of driving away.

Manual distractions are those that require you to take your hands off the wheel. While many people might think that driving with your knee while you use your hands for other things is something cool, this is actually very dangerous. You need to keep your hands on the wheel so that you can react if something requires you to do so.

Visual distractions are those that require you to take your eyes off the road. Reading a text message or looking at the GPS are examples of this. Without keeping your eyes on the road, you can't watch what other vehicles around you are doing and you aren't able to ensure that you are staying in your lane.

Cognitive distractions occur when your mind isn't focused on driving. You might be focused on the lyrics of your favorite song, thinking about a conversation you had with your friend or anything else. Since you aren't focused on driving, you might not be able to take appropriate action to hazards.

There is a chance that injuries might occur when there is a distracted driving crash. The victim in this case might choose to seek compensation from the distracted driver.

Source: End Distracted Driving, "Distracted Driving Facts Learn the Facts About Distracted Driving," accessed Aug. 18, 2017

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