Distracted driving is quickly becoming a leading cause of
car accidents in the United States. This isn’t especially surprising, as modern
technology has put a huge amount of distractions at our fingertips. While
any distraction is dangerous, these are five of the most dangerous distractions
Texting / Using a Cell Phone
Texting while driving has become the poster child for distracted driving,
and with good reason. Statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration state that a driver’s eyes are off the road for 5
seconds at a time when texting, on average. When travelling at freeway
speeds, your car will cover more than the length of a football field in
One of the “classic” driver distractions is grooming yourself
while driving. You’ve likely seen these people on your morning commute,
often shaving, clipping their nails, or applying makeup while behind the
wheel. While these distractions can make for some amusing stories, they
can also lead to serious crashes and life-altering injuries.
Kids and Pets
Any parent or pet owner will tell you that kids and animals can be hugely
distracting. Children often fight with each other in the back, spill things,
or otherwise behave in ways that draw your attention away from the road.
Pets, dogs in particular, have no real concept of driver safety and will
often try to climb all over you.
Eating & Drinking
Another well-established driver distraction is eating and drinking behind
the wheel. Many people are surprised to learn just how distracting drinking
can be – however, fumbling with a water bottle cap or spilling hot
coffee can lead to a major crash. Many car accidents have also been caused
by people reaching for a French fry they dropped between the seats.
Changing the Song/ Radio Station
Another activity which has become far more dangerous in recent years is
simply changing the song on your stereo. While modern cars have steering
wheel controls and other features designed to reduce distraction, many
people are changing songs on their cell phone or iPod. At this point,
changing the song is nearly as distracting, if not more so, than texting
behind the wheel.
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