Distracted driving is the most common cause of accidents.
The most common distraction is texting or looking at your cell phone.
The National Insurance Highway Institute describes 3 types of distractions:
- Visual – taking your eyes off the road;
- Manual – taking your hands off the wheel; and
- Cognitive – taking your mind off what you’re doing.
In order to best avoid distractions: put away any device that might tempt you to stray away from the driving task at hand.
If you have kids in the car, make sure they are securely in their safety seats before departing.
If you have a long road trip in front of you, make sure you are well rested and alert.