Distracted Driving Prevention: Part 2

February 19, 2024

Over the next several months we will be featuring driving safety in the TP Brake & Muffler blogs.

This month we will continue to look at distracted driving prevention. According to the National Safety Council (NSC) website: “Distracted driving occurs when drivers divert their attention from driving to another activity. Distractions may stem from the use of electronic devices requiring driver interaction, including voice-command systems or interactive in-vehicle technology (such as dashboard touchscreens), while driving. Drivers should send or answer texts and emails, program navigation systems, and set up radio stations and playlists before or after driving. Drivers should also avoid other activity that takes a driver’s eyes and mind off the driving task.” 

Types of Distraction behind the Wheel:

Cognitive: The mental workload associated with a task that involves thinking about something other than driving.

Manual: Tasks that require the driver to take one or both hands off the steering wheel (e.g., manipulating an electronic device).

Visual: Tasks that require the driver to look away from the roadway or obstruct the field of view.

Visual/Manual: Tasks that draw the eyes away from the roadway and one or both hands off of the steering wheel.  Research shows that people do not perform well when trying to accomplish two attention-demanding tasks at the same time.

We will cover more on preventing distracted driving next month. TP Brake & Muffler has two locations: 1205 Oriskany Street, Utica, NY and 304 North James Street, Rome, NY. Appointments are never necessary to have your vehicle serviced at either location. The Utica number is 315-733-7533 and Rome Store is 315-336-9353. Our website is www.TPBrake.com. TP Brake & Muffler. “Trust Us to Keep You Safe.”

Distracted Driving Prevention: Part 1

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