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Snacking?  Spacing out?  Texting? Talking on the phone? Distracted driving comes in many forms.

Did you know that, while driving one mile, you make about 20 decisions?  And that your brain processes countless sensory cues from inside and outside your vehicle?  Add to the mix answering your cell phone, searching for somthing in the glove compartment or even thinking about work when you should be thinking about driving--and you are flirting with danger.  Distracted driving is a factor in 1 million crashes in the United States annually.

  • Visual - taking your eyes off the road.  This includes looking at billboards and scenery.  It can result in drifting out of your lane or hitting the rear of a stopped car.
  • Manual - taking your hands off the wheel to eat or reach for something.  Without both hands, it's harder to make quick corrections in steering.
  • Cognitive - taking your mind off driving.  This includes daydreaming or thinking intently about something else, like work. 

The facts speak for themselves:  Distracted driving contributes to some 1 in 5 crashes every day.   To avoid becoming a statistic, focus on a single task - driving.  Before starting out, put away cell phones and stow loose gear.  While driving, don't let your brain go on mental autopilot.  It's important to focus on driving - because many around you are not. 

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