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Defensive driving begins by avoiding distractions

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2022 | Car Accidents

No Kansas motorist wants to be involved in an accident, and the use of defensive driving practices is a must for safer traveling. It is a proven method of common sense driving regardless of the dangers along any stretch of highway, and it begins with avoiding as many distractions as possible when in transit. The advent and popularity of cellphones has clearly impacted this safety measure, and it can still be difficult even in this modern day of technology. However, the principles are still the same, and they begin with avoiding distractions while behind the wheel.

Cognitive distractions

The law in all states requires drivers to control what it occurring inside a vehicle they are operating. Distractions such as passenger conversations or loud music in a vehicle can contribute significantly to cognitive distractions that are a common cause of many motor vehicle accidents in Kansas.

Visual distractions

Getting distracted visually is easy when driving, and especially in scenic areas or when driving in congested traffic. Dense traffic situations are actually when reducing visual distractions is most important because braking distances are often shorter and traffic can be moving at inconsistent speeds. Taking your eyes off of the road for even a second or two can easily result in an auto accident.

Manual distractions

Another important aspect of defensive driving is keeping at least one hand on the steering wheel at all times. Even reaching away to change the radio volume can result in a visual distraction as well as altering vehicle control. Hitting a pot hole in the roadway or running off of the edge of the road only to over-correct can both result in deadly accidents.