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.
- Worry or stress.
- texting while driving.
- Anger with someone, such as another driver.