Distracted Driving, An Increasing Problem For Cyclists

Distracted Driving Cycling Safety

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In the United States, more than 1000 people are injured every single day in crashes involving distracted drivers. This means driving while using your cell phone, eating or drinking, fiddling with the GPS or stereo or any other activity that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. But not all road users have side impact bars and airbags. Many of us love to gear up and head out for a bike ride, but collisions with vehicles are all too frequent and the phrase ‘I didn’t see you’ is one most regular cyclists have heard.

What is distracted driving?

There are three main types of distracted driving. Cognitive distraction is taking your mind off of driving and thinking about something else. Visual distraction is taking your eyes off the road while checking the kids in the back seat, or searching for a house number. Lastly, manual distraction is taking your hands off the wheel to make a phone call or open a soda. Any of these distractions can endanger lives, but texting is particularly dangerous as it combines all three.

How can you reduce the risk while cycling?