The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Eleven teens die each day as a result of texting and driving in the United States. Take a look at the different types of distractions and tips to avoid them.

First, let’s look at the three main types of driving distractions:

Manual (something that requires you to remove your hands from the steering wheel):

Visual (something that requires you to take your eyes off the road)

Cognitive (something that causes your mind to drift)

Regardless of how experienced a driver you are, the more you become distracted while driving, the higherr your risk of getting into a car accident.

To avoid an accident, follow these tips:

Tip 1: Pull over when you are lost. Read directions and adjust your GPS while safely stopped.

Tip 2: Keep your phone in “Do Not Disturb” mode or silenced and put away.

Tip 3: Only get behind the wheel when you are thinking clearly, are fully awake, and have your emotions under control.

Georgia Law: If you operate a vehicle while texting, you can add 1 point to your record. O.C.G.A. 40-5-57. 

This includes even talking on the phone. O.C.G.A. 40-6-241.2.

Distractions cause accidents. If you or a loved one has recently been involved in an automobile accident, please contact AJ Law Practice.