Eyes on the Road / Augen auf die Straße / Olhos na estrada / Ojos en el Camino

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Today, nine people will not come home as a result of distracted driving. More than 1,000 people will have been injured because they or someone else did not pay attention behind the wheel.

Keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road and your mind on driving.

There are three main types of distractions. The manual distraction means you take one or both of your hands off the wheel, for example to grab a drink or help your kids fasten their seatbelts.

The visual distraction implies taking your eyes off the road to look at an accident or check your phone display to see who is calling. Finally, the cognitive distraction means taking your mind off driving.

This happens when you daydream about a holiday or talk to someone using a hands-free device.

Multitasking is a myth. Our brains do not perform two tasks at the same time, they switch between tasks fast enough for you not to realize it is happening. However, one task is getting full focus and the other is placed in the back.Most people would agree driving should not be made secondary.

This switching of attention from one thing to another is what makes you react more slowly if you are on your phone while driving.

If one type of distraction is bad, imagine the result of combining all three, which is what you do when writing a text or updating your Facebook status behind the wheel.

Sending or reading a text will on average take your eyes off the road for five seconds. Travelling at 55 mph, that means you have gone the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

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