According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distracted driving is involved in accidents killing more than nine people and injuring 1,153 in the U.S. each day.
Devices of All Types
By now pretty much everyone knows that texting is a leading cause of car accidents, but it is not the only type of device use that causes crashes. Talking on the phone has become no less dangerous than it always was, and some studies have found that talking hands-free does not make it any safer. GPS use, and simply reaching for or searching for a device can also cause an accident.
Passengers – Especially Infants and Children
Passengers are possibly the most common distraction drivers contend with, and children are far more distracting than adults. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, children are four times more distracting than adults as passengers, and babies are eight times more distracting.
Adjusting the Stereo and Vehicle Settings
It is hard to imagine driving without adjusting the stereo, seat adjustments, or climate control, but it is still a distraction that takes your eyes and your mind off the task of driving. You can prevent some of these distractions by getting your seat and mirrors adjusted while you are still in park. Using presets for your stereo and climate control can minimize distractions.
Outside Person, Object, or Event
For many drivers rubbernecking is an irresistible temptation. No one wants to see a wreck, and yet most people can’t tear their eyes away. The next time you find yourself glued to an accident or breakdown by the side of the road, remember that if you keep looking you could be next.
Events aren’t the only outside distraction. Billboards can be very distracting and over the years several lingerie ads have been taken down due to safety concerns.
Multitasking – other than Device Use
Pressed for time, many commuters try to shave a few minutes off of their morning routine by taking their activities on the road. Personal grooming such as shaving or applying makeup, and even eating breakfast in the car can turn deadly.