It’s important for parents of new drivers to set an excellent example for the next generation. While the modern world makes driving better and more convenient than ever, it also presents plenty of opportunities for distraction behind the wheel. If you’re the parent of a teen driver, make a point to teach them about these common driving distractions to ensure they grow to be safe, responsible drivers.
When we think of distractions, we often imagine things out there that impede our ability to focus. But some of the most common sources of distraction while driving occur in our own heads. Examples of emotional distraction to watch out for include, but aren’t limited to:
- Arguing with passengers
- Driving while overly stressed
- Ruminating about work or school
It’s important to leave these emotional distractions behind when getting behind the wheel and focus on the task at hand.
Visual distractions are all around when we’re driving. Common distractions of this type include:
- GPS systems
- Cell phones
- Staring at an accident
Manual distractions occur when we attempt to do another activity while also driving. In today’s busy world, this happens all the time. However, manual distractions are dangerous and should be avoided. Lookout for the following manual distractions:
- Putting on makeup
- Eating and drinking
- Adjusting temperature and radio
- Texting and using social media while driving
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