Distracted driving occurs when you take your full attention away from driving and the road in front of you. This hazardous activity is responsible for many accident injuries and deaths every year in the U.S.
Although distracted driving is dangerous, many myths surrounding it still exist. Covered below are a few of these myths and why these beliefs can lead to more dangerous and risky behaviors among drivers.
1. Texting is the only form of driver distraction
Some drivers believe that distracted driving only occurs when you text and drive. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three primary types of driver distraction, which include manual distraction, cognitive distraction and visual distraction.
2. Hands-free devices do not pose a risk
When you use a hands-free device as you drive, your eyes may be on the road and your hands may be on the wheel, but you will still be cognitively distracted. This can make it harder to respond to changing traffic conditions and drive safely.
3. It only takes a second to respond to a text
You may underestimate how long it actually takes you to read and respond to a text while driving. Even just looking down for a few seconds can make it more likely for you to get into a car accident.
If you get involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may suffer serious and debilitating injuries. These injuries may prevent you from going back to work and school and living a normal life.