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Do you know the types of distracted driving?

Most people understand that distracted driving is not a safe thing, but many don't take the time to prevent this from turning into a major problem.

It's essential to become familiar with the three types of distracted driving, as this will go a long way in helping you avoid a serious issue on the road. Here is a breakdown of the three types:

  • Visual distraction. This is a common distraction and takes place when a person is not focused on the road.
  • Manual distractions. Anything that takes your hands away from the steering wheel can be considered a manual distraction.
  • Cognitive distraction. It's important that your mind is focused on the task at hand, nothing else. Any distraction that takes your mind away from driving fits into this category.

These are the three primary types of distracted driving. Knowing these can go a long way in helping you avoid a distraction that increases the likelihood of being part of an accident.

While you do whatever it takes to prevent distractions, there's something you need to remember: Other drivers may not care about this.

Have you ever noticed another driver texting while he or she should be watching the road? This type of behavior is all around you.

If you are involved in an accident with a distracted driver, pull your car to safety and call for help. Once police arrive, they'll learn more about the accident and the cause. When the time comes, don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights and how you can hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries and other damages.

Source: Bolt Insurance Agency, "The Three Types of Distracted Driving: Visual, Manual, and Cognitive," accessed Nov. 16, 2017

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