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What besides texting causes distracted driving?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a distraction behind the wheel as “anything that takes your attention away from driving.” The agency also identifies three types of distracted driving: visual, mental and cognitive.

Activities other than texting that take a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the steering wheel and mind off road and traffic conditions include

  • Talking on a phone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Fiddling with the radio
  • Applying makeup/Shaving
  • Using a GPS device
  • Speaking with passengers
  • Reaching for a dropped object


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