manual distractions

Manual Distractions While Driving

April 26, 2019

In order to drive safely, you need to focus. There are many distractions on the road, and any one of them can cause an accident. It is vital that you know what can cause distracted driving, and how to prevent yourself from becoming distracted. Let’s talk about one of them: manual distractions.

What Are Manual Distractions?

A manual distraction is anything that involves taking one or both hands off the steering wheel while driving. Drinking a cup of coffee on your morning commute to work, changing the radio station, reaching for something in the glove compartment – all of these are manual distractions.


Manual distractions are very common and easy to fall victim to. The important thing is to take notice of the things that would normally distract you while driving. You can then figure out how to minimize or remove those manual distractions altogether.



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Avoiding Manual Distractions

Out of the types of distractions you will find on the road, manual distractions are the easiest to control yourself. This means that adjusting your normal driving routine can help you to avoid manual distractions. Here are some tips:

  1. Make a song playlist before you get on the road. There’s no need to play with the radio when you’ve already picked out your favorites!
  2. When you have child passengers in the vehicle, make sure everyone is buckled in prior to driving. That way you won’t have any urgent surprises that require your attention when you should be focused on the road.
  3. Getting food to go? Maybe wait to eat that fry until a stop light but safely pull over for that dog that’s going to spill mustard down your shirt! Even better, if you can save your meal until you get to where you’re going – that’s always safer.
  4. And always, if you have to make a phone call, pullover of wait until you get where you’re going.


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