Distracted driving in one of the most common causes of car accidents. Whether it’s texting, talking on the phone, eating food, or arguing with someone in the back seat, anything that takes your focus off of the road can cause an accident. According to Teensafe.com, at least a ¼ of all accidents are caused by distracted driving. It is the most common cause of car accidents involving teens with 58% of all these crashes involving distracted driving.
There are three types of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive. Examples of visual distractions include looking down at your phone or putting an address in the GPS. Examples of manual include reaching for a cell phone or a cheeseburger. Cognitive distractions include allowing your thoughts to wander to something other than driving.
To avoid this common cause of a car accident, eliminate distractions. Although this sounds simple, old habits tend to die hard. If you have your phone close by, you’ll be tempted to answer it even if you know you shouldn’t. So you might have to be creative and put it in the glove box before driving. Similarly you might make a ‘no food in the car’ rule if you tend to get distracted while eating.