Jul
06
Classification & Solutions To Distracted Driving

by: TextNinja

Solutions to Distracted Driving

Distractions come in many shapes and sizes and have a varying level of danger. Each type consists of a variety of visual, mental, and physical impairment. Until the mass adoption of autonomous vehicles, there is no one solution to stop it. We can, however, break down the most common forms of distraction and compare the relative danger between them.

The Top 5 Forms Of, and Some of the Solutions To Distracted Driving

Below is a comparison of the top 5 types of distracted driving. Each type shows the relative danger level and percentage of crashes that involve this type of distraction. And, of course, we’ve outlined the best solutions to preventing each type.

    Drowsy-driving-distraction

    1. Daydreaming, Drowsy, or Generally Not Focused

    According to AAA, more than 1 in 5 fatal crashes involve drowsy drivers. This and other forms of general mental distraction, such as daydreaming, make up a large majority of traffic crashes.

    Distraction Crashes

    62 percent of distracted driving crashes

    Impaired Function

    Mental Distraction Icon

    Danger Level

    High-icon

    SOLUTIONS:

  • Practice being mindful when you’re driving, plan ahead, and take micro-naps to shed your drowsiness.

  • texting while driving

    2. Using Your Phone While Driving

    Anything that requires you to interact with your phone is one of the most distracting things you can do while driving. This includes texting, emailing, using social media and other apps, dialing a number, and more.

    Distraction Crashes

    12 percent of distracted driving crashes

    Impaired Function

    Visual Distraction Icon Mental Distraction Icon Manual Distraction Icon

    Danger Level

    extreme-icon

    SOLUTIONS:

  • Use an app to help prevent phone distractions. Check out our list of the top 5 solutions to texting and driving.

  • gawking while driving

    3. Distracted by an Activity Happening Around You

    You’ve probably heard of the term rubbernecking. Gawking near an accident magnifies congestion and can create secondary crashes.

    Distraction Crashes

    7 percent of distracted driving crashes

    Impaired Function

    Visual Distraction Icon Mental Distraction Icon

    Danger Level

    very-high-icon

    SOLUTIONS:

  • Police can employ “nothing to see here” screens near accidents that deter gawking drivers.

  • distracted by talking to people in car

    4. Talking to People in the Car

    Having a conversation with a passenger is a completely natural thing to do. Unfortunately, it can sometimes draw our minds and our eyes off the road, especially when emotions are involved.

    Distraction Crashes

    5 percent of distracted driving crashes

    Impaired Function

    Visual Distraction Icon Mental Distraction Icon

    Danger Level

    High-icon

    SOLUTIONS:

  • For new drivers, establishing a passenger policy or limiting the number of passengers altogether has shown to be effective. There are even state laws in place for new drivers that limit how many teenagers can be in the car.
  • For adults, it’s important to be mindful when the conversations become distracting. If it’s a conversation that needs your full attention, pull over so you can focus.

  • drinking and eating while driving

    5. Eating and Drinking While Driving

    The drive-thru window was invented in America, so it’s no surprise that eating while driving is so common. Unfortunately, it’s very distracting, especially when eating something that is messy.

    Distraction Crashes

    2 percent of distracted driving crashes

    Impaired Function

    Visual Distraction Icon Manual Distraction Icon

    Danger Level

    Moderate-icon

    SOLUTIONS:

  • Make a conscious decision to stop and focus on your meal. Or if you have to eat on the go, choose a type of food that is easy to eat (no drips), and one you can handle without needing to look.

 

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