- Visual: any distraction that takes a driver’s attention from the road can create a visual distraction;
- Manual: distractions that take your hands off the wheel, such as searching for an item that has fallen, or using the radio or a GPS device, constitute a manual distraction;
- Cognitive: distractions that take your mind off of driving, such as having a conversation or looking at a map, are cognitive distractions.
Distracted driving is a growing problem, largely due to the growing popularity and use of cell phones and other mobile devices. Because distracted drivers are not fully paying attention to the road, the risk of a car accident increases significantly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 9 people are killed every day in crashes that involve a distracted driver, and an addition 1,060 are injured. According to the CDC, are three types of distracted driving: