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Cellphones are not the only distraction

When you hear the phrase “distracted driving" odds are that the first thing you thought of was a driver using their cellphone, whether that be texting, talking or watching videos. However, cellphone users are not the only ones who must abide by New Jersey’s distracted driving laws.

The road is somewhere where people need to pay extreme caution because they’re not only putting themselves at risk but others as well. Whether it be a long drive or a short one to the mall, distractions occur. By recognizing distractions, we can better avoid them.

Types of distraction

Most of the time, people think of distraction as just one activity, but there are multiple categories of distractions. Four of these categories include:

  • Auditory: listening to music or the news
  • Visual: reading a text, watching a video or taking your eyes off the road to look at something else
  • Cognitive: zoning off and not being fully aware of the present environment
  • Manual: holding other objects besides the steering wheel

Forms of distracted driving

While you may not always do these things, you might have noticed other drivers partake in these activities while behind the wheel. Some of these might seem harmless but each second your eyes are off the road could lead to fatalities. Aside from using a cellphone, other of distracted driving include:

  • Eating or drinking
  • Putting on makeup or other forms of grooming
  • Using your car’s navigation system, such as typing in an address
  • Adjusting your car’s music or radio station
  • Talking to other passengers

As more drivers and vehicles head to the road, the risk of getting into an accident increases. It’s even tougher when you consider how many of those drivers are not making driving their number one priority. Injuries inflicted by a distracted driver can leave someone facing serious health issues and financial losses. Therefore, it’s important to get the necessary help in a distracted driving accident.

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