Have you ever seen a distracted driver? What were they doing? Talking or texting on a cell phone? Applying makeup? Slowing down to check out a wreck on the side of the road? Maybe they had to brake sharply or make an evasive maneuver to avoid hitting a vehicle in front of them. Or maybe they were actually involved in a collision. Whatever they were doing, I bet you thought to yourself, “That person needs to pay more attention.” And you’d have been right. Distracted driving and distracted drivers are a rapidly increasing problem on our roads today. Chances are, though, that in addition to having seen a distracted driver, you’ve actually BEEN a distracted driver, too. Most of us are distracted at least some of the time when we drive. But by failing to give our full attention to the road, we put ourselves, our passengers and everyone else on the road at risk. How can we be less distracted when we drive? The good news is that there are lots of strategies we can use to remain focused on the road, and you will learn about them today.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Recognizing and Avoiding Distractions
- 3. External Distractions
- 4. Psychomotor Distractions
- 5. Cognitive Distractions
- 6. Conclusion
- Identify sources of driver distraction.
- Know how to avoid distractions while driving.