An important part of being a responsible driver is setting a good example for teens and young drivers. This means making a point to avoid all sorts of common driving distractions that create an unsafe atmosphere behind the wheel. Especially if you’re a parent, consider teaching your teen driver about these types of driving distractions and how to avoid them.
Cognitive distractions include anything that takes you mind someplace other than driving. These include:
- Work or school stress
- Ruminating about stressful past events
- Heated phone calls
For optimal safety behind the wheel, teach teen drivers to set aside everyday stressed while behind the wheel and focus completely on driving.
Visual distractions are all around and serve to pull us away from the road. Visual distractions include:
- Checking GPS
- Staring at an accident
- Reading texts
While it’s good to be aware of your surroundings, the majority of your focus should be on the road ahead.
Manual distractions include anything that takes your hands off the steering wheel. Common manual distractions include:
- Texting and using social media
- Adjusting stereo controls
Anything that takes your hands off the wheel creates an unsafe environment while driving, so these are especially important distractions to avoid.
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