Top 10 Distractions While Driving

Every driver may be different, but there are a number of distractions that are common among most drivers. These distractions may greatly increase the likelihood of a driver causing or being involved in a collision.
  1. Using a cell phone or other wireless device. Whether a driver is talking on the phone, texting or even using a hands-free device to make a call, this may present a distraction and may increase the likelihood of an accident.
  2. Eating or drinking. Unwrapping a hamburger, opening a can or even holding a drink or food in one hand while driving may prove hazardous.
  3. Changing the radio. Programming a radio station, looking at an in-vehicle navigation system, adjusting the volume or changing the station may all be dangerous while driving. The driver will look away from the road and may have to take a hand off the steering wheel.
  4. Trying to pick up an object dropped on the floor. Reaching for an object that has dropped on the seat or on the floor can be dangerous as it will take the driver's visual attention off the road and he or she will have to lean over and take a hand from the wheel. If the object rolls under the gas or brake pedal, this can prove particularly dangerous.
  5. Lighting a cigarette. Smoking while driving requires one hand, and lighting a cigarette may require two. The driver will also have to look away from the road to light a cigarette.
  6. Conversing with a passenger. When talking to a passenger, a driver may look away from the road or may be mentally absorbed in the conversation, meaning his or her full attention will not be on driving.
  7. Shaving or applying make-up. Some drivers get ready for work or school while they drive, putting on make-up, combing their hair and even shaving while driving. Any action of this kind may affect a driver's ability to notice changes in traffic or respond to a hazardous condition.
  8. Billboards/advertisements. An interesting billboard at the side of the road may take a driver's attention from the task at hand.
  9. Rubbernecking. Looking at accidents that have already occurred is commonly called "rubbernecking." Drivers often slow down and crane their heads to check out the scene, and this may lead to additional accidents, often rear-end collisions.
  10. Looking or waving at pedestrians. A driver may see a pedestrian he or she knows or may see an interesting or attractive person at the side of the road. Looking at the pedestrian or trying to get the pedestrian's attention may place the driver in danger of causing a collision.
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