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Business travelers: Be aware of distracted driving

Are you the type of person who travels regularly for business? Do you find yourself on the road more often than the office? If you answered yes to these questions, you know what it's like to live your life behind the wheel. You also know that the more time you spend on the road the greater chance there is that you could be involved in an accident.

As a business traveler, you set goals for yourself. You need to see a certain amount of people every day. You need to make your way from one appointment to the next in a timely manner. And of course, you have to do whatever it takes to remain organized along the way.

With all this in mind, there are two things you need to concern yourself with:

  • The decisions you make while you are driving.
  • The behavior of other drivers.

On the plus side, you can control every move you make. As long as you're dedicated to safety, you'll never find yourself becoming distracted or making a decision that would put you in a jeopardized position.

On the downside, you have no control over other drivers. You can't stop people from texting and driving or toying with a GPS system while they should be watching the road.

There are three primary types of distracted driving:

  • Cognitive distraction. This is also known as a mental distraction and is best described when a person's mind is not focused on driving.
  • Visual distraction. This is as simple as any driver who is not looking at the road in front of him or her, but inside something else (such as a cellphone).
  • Manual distraction. Classified as any situation in which the driver takes one or both hands away from the wheel.

You need to do two things:

  • Never partake in any behavior that could take your eyes from the road.
  • Watch for other drivers who could be distracted for one reason or another.

Business travelers are often tempted to multi-task while behind the wheel. Although you may be in a hurry to get something done, it's always best to pull off the road to complete the task.

While you're doing all the right things as you drive, don't forget to watch those around you. This will help you keep your distance from drivers who are more likely to cause an accident.

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