Different Types of Distracted Driving

Blog | Oct 25, 2016

Being distracted while driving can have serious consequences for you, your vehicle, other motorists, and even pedestrians. Distracted driving is nothing new, and has been a growing concern and problem over the past several decades as technology has continued to evolve and provide us with many conveniences, like our smart devices. In fact, there are three generalized types of distracted driving one could commit while operating a motor vehicle, as follows:

  1. Cognitive Distracted Driving – Daydreaming, thinking about what things you need to get done, and other thought processes that take your mind off the road are cognitive distractions.
  2. Manual Distracted Driving – Changing radio stations, holding your smartphone up to your ear while you talk, or reaching for something are all manual distractions.
  3. Visual Distracted Driving – Checking your hair or makeup in the mirror or glancing down to find something you dropped on the floor, where your vision is taken off the road, are considered visual distractions.

In addition to these three general types of distractions, a person can commit one or more simultaneously. For instance, talking on the phone can be both a cognitive and manual distraction. On the other hand, playing Pokémon Go or texting while driving is considered all three. The best recourse, of course, is to avoid engaging in distracting behaviors while behind the wheel.

If you need to make a phone call, reply to a text, or do other potentially distracting things, pull into your nearest automatic car wash, like Cobblestone Auto Spa, and do these things while we wash and clean your car. Contact us at (602) 788-9274—before driving—for directions to our nearest location.