19 Jul 4 categories of driving distractions
Summer is here, and the holiday season has everyone yearning to enjoy the outdoors: be it in a car, motorbike, scooter, bicycle, electric scooter, or mobility scooter. Activities like jogging, walking the dog, or taking a leisurely stroll are also in full swing.
However, with so many people on the roads and streets, it’s crucial to remain vigilant to avoid both minor and major collisions. Disturbingly, there are four types of distractions that can hinder our attention:
- Visual: When our eyes stray from the road.
- Manual: Taking our hands off the wheel or handlebars.
- Cognitive: When our mind wanders away from the task at hand.
- Auditory: Listening to things unrelated to driving or road awareness.
Distractions can combine, compounding the danger. For instance, texting while driving leads to cognitive, visual, and manual distractions, contributing to the alarming number of accidents and fatalities each year.
Navigating the roads and streets, whether by vehicle or on foot, demands heightened awareness during busy hours. The risks escalate when we are tired, under the influence, or simply not paying attention.
Even seemingly harmless gadgets like headphones can jeopardize pedestrians and cyclists as they might miss crucial sounds warning them of impending danger.
In conclusion, police often attribute accidents involving pedestrians or cyclists and vehicles to distraction. Let’s savor the summer safely and responsibly, staying mindful of the potential risks and ensuring a joyous season for everyone.
Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services
Source : SAAQ