What Constitutes Distracted Driving?
When we hear “distracted driving,” most of us envision a teenager behind the wheel texting a friend or Snapchatting with some silly filter while sitting in traffic. In reality, while those examples certainly fit the definition, distracted driving is a much broader issue.
There are three types of distracted driving: manual, visual and cognitive. Texting and driving gets a lot of the focus because texting impairs all three of these functions, but there are plenty of other activities that fit into these categories.
Examples of Distracted Driving
Examples of manual distracted driving activities are:
Adjusting a child’s seatbelt
Searching through a purse or wallet
Turning knobs in the car
Examples of visual distracted driving activities are:
Looking for items on the car floor
Checking and adjusting a GPS
Changing the radio
Adjusting temperature controls
Taking in the view while driving
Examples of cognitive distracted driving activities are:
Talking to a passenger
Thinking about something upsetting
Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Kentucky’s distracted driving laws prohibit all drivers from texting and ban novice drivers and bus drivers from any kind of cell phone activity behind the wheel. Legally speaking, none of the other forms of distracted driving are considered unlawful and would not incur a penalty. However, a driver engaging in any of these activities while on the road could still very easily cause an accident and put you in danger.
As you are out on the road, keep an eye out for these drivers and know that while texting and driving is a serious issue, it is not the only reason someone may be careless and cause a car accident.