The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, also known as NHTSA launched a new campaign titled #JustDrive to bring awareness to distracted driving. Texting and driving is a killer -- but it's not the only dangerous distraction while driving.

Our vehicles have practically become entertainment centers. We pay more attention to what's going on inside of it than what is going on outside of the vehicle while on the road. Many people may feel like they are fine because they don't text and drive. The truth is though; it's only one of many distractions drivers face.

What Causes Distracted Driving?

Dangerous Distractions

There are three types of distractions that drivers face: manual, visual and cognitive. These types of diversions cause you to lose focus on the road.

At 55 MPH, you can travel the length of a football field in five seconds. Try doing that safely while doing one of these things:

  • Using your phone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading (even maps!)
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting the radio, CD play or mp3 player

These things interfere with your focus on the vehicles around you and the road ahead of you. Even just a few moments can affect the rest of your life in painful ways.

How to Avoid Being Distracted Behind the Wheel

Your life -and the lives of your passengers- should be your top priority when you are driving. Try to avoid doing anything that's going to interrupt your concentration when you're driving. And if you still have trouble, try reading our tips for avoiding distracted driving.

If you absolutely have to adjust something like your radio, phone or GPS, then pull over to a safe area and take care of it before you start driving again. It may be a pain, but it is also a life saver.

But even if you don't get into a life threatening accident, fender benders are no cheap thing. At Auto Credit Express, we maybe used to helping people get the best deals on auto loans with any credit, but we like to make it a privilege that you have to do as few times as needed. Pay attention to the road, pay attention to others who may not be, and drive safe. All of us on the roads depend on each other to make it home safe every day. Do your part.