Most Common Driving Distractions
Distracted driving is considered any activity which could take a motorist’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Due to our increased dependency on our cellphones and mobile devices, distracted driving accidents has become a national epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than eight people are killed and 1,161 are injured in a collision involving a distracted driver every day.
The following are the most common driver distractions that often result in car accidents:
- Cellphones. The National Safety Council reports that cellphone use while driving leads to 1.6 million collisions annually in the United States. One out of every four car accidents is caused by texting and driving. Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause a crash compared to drunk driving.
- Grooming. Those who often commute long distances to work and school often try to cut down on time getting ready in the morning by grooming while driving. However, driving while brushing your teeth or combing your hair can result in an accident.
- Passengers in your vehicle. While you can take advantage of the carpool lane with a passenger on board or switch drivers if you are feeling tired, having an engaging discussion with your passenger can cause you to take your attention away from the road. Crashes caused by talking passengers often occurs amongst teenagers or inexperienced drivers.
- Drinking and eating. First, you are either holding food or a beverage in one hand, while using the other to steer the vehicle. Then at the same time, you are consuming the food or beverage, which can force you to take your eyes away from the road or make a mess in your vehicle.
- Navigation system or GPS. Although a navigation systems help know where exactly are going in order to arrive at your destination, consistently checking it can make you unprepared to properly react to unforeseen circumstances on the road.