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A manual distraction when driving: A dangerous combination

As a driver, you must fully understand the importance of keeping your attention on the road and surrounding vehicles at all times. It only takes one distraction, no matter how small it may be, to cause serious trouble.

Although there is more than one type of distracted driving, here's something to remember: A manual distraction can be the most dangerous, as it involves all three types of distracted driving (cognitive, visual and manual).

A manual distraction comes about when a driver removes one or both hands from the steering wheel. This can happen for many reasons, such as to send a text message, eat or drink, or adjust the radio.

The best way to avoid a manual distraction is to keep all potential distractions out of the way. For example, turn off your cellphone and leave it in your trunk. This will ensure that you aren't tempted to grab for it while you are operating your vehicle.

When you keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, you'll come to find that you are more engaged and that you feel better about your ability to avoid an accident.

While you're dedicated to focusing on the task at hand, other drivers may not be doing the same. This is why you should keep your distance from anyone who appears distracted.

If your vehicle is struck by a distracted driver, learn more about the accident. As you do this, you may come to find that you can file a lawsuit with the intention of receiving compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Source: Esurance, "3 types of distracted driving," accessed July 18, 2017

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