There are certainly many distracted driving incidents where the distraction itself is quite apparent. If you see a driver looking down at their phone, for example, you know that they are not paying enough attention to the road. The same could be said for a parent who is interacting with their children in the backseat of the car.
But it’s important to remember that distraction will not always be this obvious. There are many situations in which the odds of a serious accident have increased, but this risk may not be clear until that accident occurs.
Daydreaming as a distraction
An example of this is when looking at daydreaming as a source of distraction. Many drivers will get lost in thought or just start thinking about things other than the traffic around them. This is known as a cognitive distraction, and it can make it harder for drivers to react in time to the conditions on the road.
Part of the problem with these distractions is that they are very hard to avoid. A driver could begin daydreaming and thinking about where they’re going on vacation. They may be thinking about what they’re going to have for dinner or something else equally mundane. But they could also be thinking about a fight they had with their spouse, a conflict with their boss at work or financial stress in their daily life.
Essentially, there is nearly an endless list of potential cognitive distractions. When people feel bored behind the wheel, it’s very natural for their minds to drift, and they don’t even realize that they’ve started daydreaming at first.
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