Distracted driving is not something new, but it is a growing problem.
In decades past, distracted driving accidents may have been caused by fumbling with large maps, surfing channels on the radio, or "rubbernecking" on the highway to catch a glimpse of an accident. Those distractions still exist today, but they have also changed and grown exponentially.
The biggest culprit of modern day distracted-driving accidents is the cell phone. Drivers use them to have conversations, text, check social media accounts, and read e-mail—among other things. Depending on how a driver is using the phone, he may fall under all three umbrellas of distraction: visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), and cognitive (taking your mind off driving).
Some people think this is not a big deal, and credit their fantastic ability to "multi-task" while driving. The truth is that multi-tasking does not exist. The brain is simply not able to perform multiple tasks at one time and give each one 100 percent. That means, yes, you may be able to text a friend, drink a coffee, and drive at the same time, but there is no possible way you are still giving the road your full attention. Either way, texting while driving in Georgia is illegal for all drivers and talking on your cell phone while driving is illegal for certain individuals. You shouldn't be doing it anyway.
Remember that although cell phones get the bulk of the attention when it comes to distracted driving, anything you do that takes your focus away from the road can be counted as a distraction. This includes programming your GPS navigation system, breaking up a fight between your kids in the back seat, eating a sandwich, or applying makeup.
With so many distractions in our every day life, use your time in the car as an opportunity to unwind and concentrate on one thing: driving safely.
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