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Cognitive Distractions While Driving

In the final blog of our distracted driving series, we want to touch base on a type of distraction that most people don’t discuss: cognitive distractions. These types of distractions occur in any situation where the driver loses focus on their task at hand. They lose focus on driving for one reason or another, which sometimes leads to some of the most catastrophic injuries.

Highway Hypnosis

Have you ever encountered a situation where you are driving from one place to another, and by the time you reach your destination, you hardly remember the drive? When this happens, it’s called highway hypnosis. It’s essentially daydreaming while you’re driving, and your focus on something else can be significantly dangerous.

Texting or Talking

When a driver is texting or talking on the phone or to passengers, it can remove their focus from driving. A driver has to focus on their response. Even a few seconds of distraction can result in a crash, especially for drivers who are going at a high rate of speed.

Loud Music

You may not know this, but loud music can create some of the most dangerous situations. When a driver is singing along out loud, they’re focused mostly on the words. Multitasking is something that some people feel they can do effectively, but one mistake and loss of focus can create a severe danger.

Now that we have detailed the three types of distracted driving, it’s important to note that texting and driving combine all three. A driver has to look at a cellphone, focus on their response, and use their hand to respond.

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