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The most common types of distracted driving

When driving, it's a must to pay attention to the road and other vehicles at all times. Losing your focus for even a second can cause an accident that results in injury or death.

There are many types of distracted driving, with these five among the most common:

  • Daydreaming: It's easy to become lost in thought when driving, but you must fight against this to ensure that you're focused on the task at hand. Don't think about that big meeting at work, what you're doing this weekend or how you can't wait to go to bed.
  • Cellphone use: It doesn't matter if you're texting, checking your email or talking, cellphone use and driving don't mix. Protect against this by keeping your phone out of reach when driving.
  • Eating or drinking: Don't eat or drink while driving, as this causes you to take at least one hand off the wheel. And in many cases, it also leads to you looking away from the road.
  • Adjusting vehicle controls: From your radio to the climate to the GPS, there are many vehicle controls that can distract you. If you need to make an adjustment, do so quickly and without taking your eyes away from the road.
  • Passengers: Let your passengers know that distractions, such as too much conversation, puts you at risk of an accident. From co-workers to your spouse to your children, it's okay to drive with others as long as they don't distract you.

Even if you're serious about preventing distracted driving, other people don't always take the same level of caution.

If you're injured in a distracted driving accident, turn your immediate attention to your injuries and then move onto the steps you can take to receive compensation from the negligent driver.

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