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Driving Distractions Are Everywhere …

Source:   Fairmount Specialty – Risk Management

Anything that diverts your attention away from the task of driving is a distraction. According to,  3,328  people were killed  and an estimated  421,000  people were injured  in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2012.

There are three types of distractions, and you are in control of all of them:

  1. Visual distractions  could include looking at wildlife, billboards, landscape, crash scenes, items in the vehicle or anything that causes you to take your eyes off the road.
  2. Manual distractions  include entering information into a GPS, reaching for items in the vehicle, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio or anything that causes you to take your hands off the steering wheel.
  3. Cognitive distractions  include mulling over your schedule, worrying about being late for a pick up or delivery, day dreaming about your next vacation, thinking about problems at home or anything that causes you to take your mind off the road.

Distracted Driving


Have you ever been motoring along and then thought, “Wow, I just drove for miles, and I don’t remember any of it! What happened in the last ten minutes or so?”   People tend to go on auto-pilot when performing highly practiced activities like driving.

This state of mind is called inattentional blindness.   When you don’t see something that’s in your line of sight – like the road on which you’re driving – you’re experiencing inattentional blindness.

Worse yet, you fail to comprehend seeing it because your attention is not focused.   Your mind has wandered or is focused on something else.

What will it take to make YOU stop reasoning away the dangers and ignorance of driving while distracted?

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