Distracted driving is a growing problem across the nation and the world. Distracted drivers put not only themselves in danger but everyone around them as well. Thousands of people are injured or killed in distracted driving accidents every year, and many experts say that the number of car accidents officially reported to have been caused by distracted drivers is woefully underestimated.
While cell phone use is considered the form of distracted driving most frequently talked about, many other things cause drivers to take their eyes off of the road. Here are some of the most common causes of distracted driving accidents that don’t involve cell phones.
- Smoking – Smoking related distractions, such as lighting, smoking, or extinguishing a cigarette, are directly responsible for at least 2 percent of all distracted driving crashes. That means that of the estimated 3,328 deaths attributed to distracted driving by the CDC in 2012, 66 were killed by drivers more focused on their cigarettes than the road.
- Audio or A/C – Another 2 percent of distracted driving accidents are caused by drivers fidgeting with the radio or the climate controls. Another 66 people were killed by drivers switching radio stations.
- Passengers – 5 percent of distracted drivers blame their passengers, whether it’s family, friends, or children, for causing them to crash, resulting in the deaths of 166.
- Rubbernecking – Distractions outside the car are responsible for 7 percent of distracted driving accidents. Drivers distracted by off-road drama caused the deaths of 232 people.
- Daydreaming – General distractedness, or daydreaming, is by far the deadliest form of distraction, exactly 50 percent more prevalent than cell phone use. A saddening 62 percent of distracted drivers say that they were daydreaming at the time of the accident. Those daydreams resulted in nightmares for the families of the 2063 victims killed.
Distracted driving is horribly misunderstood and underestimated. Please, make sure you are doing your part to keep everyone on the road safe by focusing on the road and blocking out distractions when behind the wheel.
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