Distracted driving is easily one of the most common causes of car accidents, which claims the lives of thousands of people each year. In order to avoid these accidents, we need to understand what causes them. Here are some examples of the most common causes of distracted driving accidents.
- Phone – Cell phone use while driving has been linked to as much as 12 percent of all fatal car accidents. There has been tons of litigation banning the use of cell phones while driving. So far, 39 states have prohibited texting while driving and another 11 have made talking on the phone while driving illegal.
- Rubbernecking – About 7 percent of fatal car accidents are the result of drivers allowing themselves to be distracted by things outside the car.
- Passengers – Passengers that do not respect the fact that their safety is directly tied to your ability to pay attention to the road may need to be dropped off at the nearest corner. Do not let friends or even family distract you, putting you, themselves, and others on the road at risk.
- Thermostat/Stereo – Pumping up the volume when your jam comes on, messing with the thermostat, or any in-vehicle actions that take your eyes off the road even for a second can cause a fatal accident.
- Pets – If you have to put Fido in a crate in the back of the car because he is determined to sit in your lap while you drive, then you have to do it.
- Food – Whether you’re trying to finish breakfast while driving to work or reaching into the pizza box to grab a slice on your way home, fighting the urge to try eating or drinking while driving eliminates a needless risk.
- Smoking – Smoking, lighting a cigarette, or dropping one in your lap and frantically dancing and yelping in the driver’s seat is a sure way to cause an accident.
- Daydreaming – 62 percent of people who were behind the wheel in a fatal distracted driving accident claim that they were daydreaming at the time of the crash. Driving on “autopilot” is easily the most dangerous form of distracted driving. Keep your mind on what you are doing.