Are You a Distracted Driver?|
ALLEN, Texas — Believe it or not, distracted driving affects your health and others — passengers, pedestrians, and even other drivers. There are many things which may affect your concentration while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a dedicated website designed to end or at least limit distracted driving. Their site lists several common distractions affecting drivers including cell phone use, eating and drinking, navigation system use, and texting.
The NHTSA identifies three types of distractions for drivers: Visual, Manual, and Cognitive. Texting while driving includes all three types of distractions.
What is the solution? The American Osteopathic Association offers several tips if you absolutely must use a cell phone while driving. They are:
“Trying to discuss deeply emotional issues while driving either on the cell phone or with a passenger can greatly distract the driver on more than the surface level,” says Dr. William Woodfin, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen. “Many of us are already dealing with different emotional stresses in just our normal routine. It is best for the driver to try to let go of the strained thoughts and concentrate on the drive. It is also very important for all passengers to support this goal. It may just save your life and the life of someone else.”
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