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Florida drivers should not multitask while behind the wheel

Multitasking might be a good attribute to have in the workplace, but it is not such a good idea to try to multitask while driving. Motorists in St. Augustine may be confident that they can eat, chat with other passengers or even use their cellphones while driving. Unfortunately, any of these actions could pose a danger to them and others on the road should an unexpected hazard develop.

To prevent an accident, a motorist must be able to detect a hazard, react appropriately and bring their car to a stop. The faster a car is going, the longer it will take to come to a complete stop. If a motorist is distracted while driving, they may not detect the hazard in enough time to react appropriately and stop their vehicle in time, leading to a distracted driving accident.

There are three ways a motorist can be distracted. Visual distractions take a motorist's eyes off the road. Manual distractions take a motorist's hands off the wheel of the car. Cognitive distractions take a person's attention off the task of driving.

Texting while behind the wheel of a car involves all three of these types of distractions. A person's eyes are reading the text message, their hands are sending a message and their attention is not on the road, but rather on the cellphone in their hands. Texting and driving is one of the most hazardous activities a person can engage in while driving and it should be avoided at all costs. Should the need to send a text message arise, the driver should pull over to the side of the road or wait until they reach their destination.

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