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I’ve heard people talking about distracted driving. What does this mean?

 

Most of us get into a car and become distracted almost immediately. The problem with this is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has found that 80 percent of auto accidents happen because of distracted driving. 

Most distractions fall into three main categories:

  • Visual—taking your eyes off the road
  • Cognitive—taking your mind off the road
  • Manual—taking your hands off the wheel

Distracted driving is defined as any non-driving activity a person engages in while operating a motor vehicle. This includes things like texting, changing the radio station, answering the phone, eating, and many other actions. The best way to define what constitutes distracted driving is anything other than the necessary actions you need to take to drive your car. Everything outside of that is considered distracted driving.

While there isn’t always a way to prevent a Front Royal auto accident from happening, it’s helpful to understand some of the causes of these accidents.