Introduction: Distracted driving is when a driver’s attention is diverted other than driving, it could be virtually, manually, or cognitively.
In this blog post, we are going to talk about some know and experienced reasons for distracted driving in Nepal and all around the world. It causes and how affects not only the drivers but also passengers and people around them.
Also, you will get tons of questions regarding these types while filling out the Driving License form in Nepal.
Distracted Driving in Nepal
Distracted Driving is said to be one of the main reasons for accidents, which could have been easily avoided.
Types of distractions
We are listing three types of distractions you face while driving they are:
- Visual distractions
- Manual distractions
- Cognitive distractions
Eye on the road is something we hear again and again while learning how to drive and this is because it is very easy to get attention diverted.
Looking at something other than the road can be very dangerous as roads are unpredicted especially in Nepal where there is a turn, potholes, pedestrians, and overtakers passing by every minute.
The second is a manual distraction, meaning you take your hand off the wheel for appropriate or inappropriate reasons. Some examples are:
- Using phones while driving
- Texting and driving
In an easy and simple way cognitive distraction while driving means thinking about something other than driving. Which could be anything and no one other than the driver knows. This could cause a serious problem.
Thinking about problems, daydreaming, arguments, and what you are going to do after reaching your destination anything that takes your mind off driving is a distraction that you should avoid.
Common causes of distracted driving
So, what are the common causes of Distracted driving? The cause is simple everyday task that will divide your attention away from driving such as
- Using a phone or other electronic device
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Talking to passengers
- Adjusting the radio or GPS
- Trying to change a song
- Adjusting seat
- Wearing a seatbelt while driving
Consequences of distracted driving
The consequences of your distraction while driving can be high as this increases the risk of accidents which can cause serious injuries and even death.
There are legal penalties as well, you could face jail time and fines. Also if you are making a living through driving then there is a risk of employment as well. No one wants to hire someone who easily gets distracted while doing their job risking everything.
For more information on fines and fees see the Traffic Police official website.
Tips for avoiding distracted driving
There are more useful and affecting tips other than this but you can start with the tips listed below.
Put away electronic devices while driving
One of the main cause of distraction these days is the use of handheld electronic devices which is easy to use but take away your attention span easily.
We suggest you keep away all your gadgets away while driving.
Avoid eating or drinking while driving
Snaking while driving is fun but not if you are the one driving, as this takes more attention power than you think
Limit conversations with passengers
A long drive along with someone you love can be romantic but limiting your conversation is very important to stay focused while driving.
Park if you need to
Most of the time while shopping or search something we drive and search, Which can be very dangerous it can take most of our attention from you.
Note: Most of the tips I shared are from personal experience and article read on the internet.