Distracted Driving Is Everywhere

Becoming distracted is much easier than most people realize. It happens whenever drivers take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or their minds off driving. Focusing on anything other than safe driving is a distraction and can easily lead to a crash. All it takes is a split second for a small distraction to result in huge consequences.

Types of distractions:

  1. Visual distractions
    • Changing the radio station or other entertainment
    • Looking at a passenger or pet
    • Checking a GPS device
    • Taking in the scenery
  2. Physical distractions
    • Reaching for food or drink
    • Removing a layer of clothing
    • Smoking a cigarette
    • Adjusting mirrors, heating/cooling or seat position
  3. Mental distractions
    • Daydreaming
    • Listening to an audiobook
    • Having a conversation on phone or with a passenger
    • Stress or anxiety

Behind speeding, distracted driving is the most common driver-related factor in fatal crashes that involve large trucks. Understand what’s at stake before allowing yourself to become distracted behind the wheel.