Most Common Driving Distractions

July 25th, 2011
Distracted Driver

Did you know…

  • Smart-phone users are four times more likely to be involved in a serious auto accident than traditional cell phone users.
  • Over 5,500 people were killed on the roads in accidents linked to distracted driving 2009 and almost half a million were injured.*
  • In 2009, 20 percent of all injury related accidents involved distracted driving.*
  • Using a cell phone while driving can have a similar or worse impact than driving while intoxicated at the legal limit of .08 percent, according to a University of Utah study.
  • The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20  who were involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.*

There are 3 very different types of distractions that can lead to an automobile accident:

  • Visual – Taking your eyes off the road even for a split second to look at the scenery or any additional visual distraction around your vehicle can easily cause you to miss breaking in time for traffic or notice that you’ve drifted into the next lane.
  • Manual – You never want to take your hands off the wheel for anything, as tempting as it may be to dig for that quarter you dropped in between the seats or check a text message, you need to always be in control when you are driving.
  • Cognitive – We all get tired, stressed, hungry, frustrated, excited, etc., but no matter what you are feeling like, at the exact moment you step into your car your head has to be concentrated on the road.

Multitasking while driving

There are many ways for someone to get distracted while trying to multi-task at the same time they are driving.  Some of the main causes in distracted driver related accidents are:

  • Use of a Cell Phone
  • Talking to Passengers
  • Eating
  • Reading
  • Navigation Systems
  • Putting on Makeup
  • Playing DJ
  • Looking at an accident, scenery, law enforcement, etc.
  • Mood

All of these can cause a distracted driver related accident but it is your job as the driver to make sure that you are always prepared when heading out on the road.

Remember to:

Stay focused

Pay Attention

Expect the unexpected


* information is based on a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study


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