Young people are most likely to engage in distracted driving

There are numerous threats facing motorists traveling on California roads. Distracted driving is just one behavior that can pose a significant risk to all who share the road, especially when exhibited by younger, less experienced drivers. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that younger drivers are most prone to distracted driving behaviors. A survey conducted in 2013 shows that in the preceding 30 days two out of five teens used mobile devices while driving. Drunk driving also has associations with distracted driving behaviors. For instance, young people who regularly use mobile devices while driving are less hesitant to ride in vehicle where the driver has been drinking while also being more prone to engage in drunk driving behaviors themselves.

There are actually three different types of distracted driving all motorists should be aware of. Removing your hands from the wheel for any length of time is considered a manual distraction, while not keeping your eyes focused on the road is referred to as a visual distraction. Drivers can also be susceptible to cognitive distractions, which entails being mentally preoccupied. While mobile phone use is quite common, the term distracted driving actually encompasses a range of behaviors. For instance, eating while driving can also be detrimental, as can use of a GPS system while in motion.

According to Esurance, there are a few steps one can take to prevent being distracted while behind the wheel. Having a meal before a long trip will alleviate any in-vehicle snacking. In addition, ensuring the vehicle’s GPS is programmed before setting off to a destination is also recommended. Something as simple as turning off a mobile device while in the vehicle can have a major impact on safety, as drivers will be unable to react to incoming notifications.