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Cognitive Distraction


Cognitive or mental distraction is when the driver’s mind isn’t focused on driving.

Talking to another passenger or being preoccupied with personal, family, or work-related issues are examples of cognitive distraction. Even drivers listening to their favorite radio station or podcast are at risk; the audio can take the driver’s focus away from their driving and overall surroundings.

Some examples of cognitive or mental distractions are:

  • Planning future tasks or events.
  • Daydreaming.
  • Worry or stress.
  • texting while driving.
  • Anger with someone, such as another driver.