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Driving Distractions: Be Aware and Avoid Them

We were all taught safe driving practices when we first learned how to drive. Wearing seatbelts, driving at a safe speed, keeping our eyes on the road, and holding the steering wheel with two hands are among the habits we were encouraged to have as young drivers. Safe driving practices also include being aware of and avoiding driving distractions. 


Distracted driving is defined as any activity that takes your attention away from driving. It is not possible to be completely safe while driving unless you devote your total attention to the act. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported there were 2,841 deaths in the United States due to distracted driving in 2018. Bottom line, distracted driving is deadly.


Four types of driving distractions

There are four types of distractions associated with distracted driving: visual, auditory, manual and cognitive. Keep in mind that it only takes a second of being distracted for an accident to happen. 


Visual distractions

Keeping your eyes on the road seems like a simple thing to do. However, most people will admit that they are guilty of taking their eyes off the road to glance at a text message, check their children in the back seat or look at something on the side of the road or at a distance. 


Auditory distractions

Loud music, screaming children or strong conversations with a passenger can pull your full attention away from driving in a safe manner. Enjoy your tunes but lower the volume to a reasonable level. If tempers need to be calmed or conversations continued, then find a safe place to stop. Resume driving when all is calm. 


Manual distractions

When you do anything with your hands other than steer your car, you are increasing your risk of having an accident. If you reach for something, adjust your navigation system, change a music station, hand something to a child, dial a number on your phone or pet your dog, you are putting yourself, your passengers and other drivers at risk. 


Cognitive distractions

We live in a busy, stressful world, so it is not surprising that we have many thoughts swirling in our head at once. However, it can be dangerous to allow your mind to drift away from driving and onto a problem, the next item on a to-do list or a daydream. Consuming alcohol and drugs will also significantly alter your cognitive abilities and can be deadly. If you partake of any mind-altering substance, do not get behind the wheel of a car.


Top distracting behaviors

There are many distracting behaviors that people do while driving without giving too much thought to them, although they should. There are also some distracting driving behaviors that may shock people, but they are, sadly, more common than not. Here is a list of some top distractions to be aware of and toconsider curtailing if you are prone to doing them.  


  • Texting
  • Talking on your phone
  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Taking photos
  • Scrolling through social media platforms
  • Watching videos
  • Streaming shows
  • Recording videos
  • Looking at children or passengers in the back seat
  • Letting a pet sit in your lap or petting them
  • Adjusting the stereo
  • Adjusting the temperature controls
  • Inputting a new address in the navigation system
  • Smoking or vaping
  • Paying attention to passengers
  • Reaching for items
  • Watching outside objects, people or events


Ways to avoid driving distractions

It is not difficult to avoid driving distractions, it just takes planning, discipline and a little effort. Turn off your cell phone, place it in an area out of reach while driving, or have a hands-free device so you can use it in case of an emergency. Eat or drink before you get behind the wheel and make sure your children and pets are secure and have all they need for the drive. Also, program your navigation system, set temperature controls and adjust your music stations before you pull out onto the road. 

Putting an end to distracted driving continues to be an initiative of Porsche Atlanta Perimeter as part of the Jim Ellis Automotive Group. Please stay safe while you drive and be aware of avoiding all driving distractions. Be a good example to passengers, especially your children, and always keep your full attention on driving safely. You can take our quick online pledge to “keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on the drive ahead,” here:

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