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Distracted driving comes in many forms

What comes to mind when you think about distracted driving? Many people associate this with nothing more than the use of technology in their vehicle. While this is a common form of distracted driving, there are many others that you need to familiarize yourself with.

Any type of distracted driving is dangerous, as it means you're not focusing your full attention on the road ahead and the vehicles around you. Here are several types of distracted driving that can cause trouble, such as an accident or moving violation:

  • General daydreaming: This is nothing more than becoming lost in your thoughts when you should be paying attention to the task at hand.
  • Cellphone use: With so many ways to use a cellphone, from texting to talking to checking email, it's tempting to do so when driving.
  • Outside event: A lot of things can happen outside your vehicle that distract you. Common examples include staring at the aftermath of a car accident and watching a person on the sidewalk.
  • Passengers: It's common to drive with other people in your vehicle, but you can't let them become a distraction. For example, you should never turn around to see what a child (or pet) is doing in the backseat.
  • Reaching for an object: Maybe you're reaching for your cellphone that you stored in your glove box. Or maybe you lost something under your seat. When you reach for something, you can't keep both hands on the wheel.
  • Drinking or eating: Even if you're thirsty or hungry, you should refrain from doing either while driving. Again, it means that you're unable to keep your hands on the wheel.
  • Adjusting vehicle controls: From the navigation system to the radio, there are many controls you can fiddle with when driving. These can take your eyes away from the road, as well as one or both hands off the wheel.

Since distracted driving comes in many forms you must pay close attention to everything you're doing from the moment you put your vehicle in drive.

While doing your best to avoid distractions, you may find that other drivers don't care to take the same level of caution. If a distracted driver strikes your vehicle, you may be able to hold the person responsible for your injuries and damages.

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