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The 10 Deadliest Driving Distractions

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Jonathan Hernandez1 year ago

According to the official US Government Website for Distracted Driving, any activity that has the potential to pull away the attention of a driver from their primary task of driving is classified as a distraction. Although there are different types of distractions, all distractions endanger the driver, passengers, and bystanders.

What are the Most Deadly Distractions?

According to Property Casualty 360, the 10 most deadly driving distractions are:

  • Smoking-related activities – putting ashes in the tray, smoking, lighting a cigarette.
  • Moving objects within the vehicle like pets or other animals.
  • Using or adjusting other devices that are essential to the operation of the vehicle, like mirrors.
  • Adjusting the radio or temperature controls.
  • Eating and drinking.
  • Using or reaching for another device that was brought into the vehicle like GPS navigation or headphones.
  • Other passengers in the vehicle can be distracting.
  • Another person or event that happens outside the vehicle – looking at emergency crews responding to an accident.
  • Using the cell phone while driving – texting, talking, dialing, and listening.
  • Being lost in thought – some people may feel as though they are “lost in thought” or daydreaming. Daydreaming while driving can prove to be fatal since your attention is taking away from your primary task of driving.

Important Information about Driving While Distracted

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people in the United States that lost their lives as a result of distracted driving:

  • In 2013, there were a total of 3,154 people who were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted driving.
  • Every day in the US, more than eight people are killed in an accident involving a distracted driver and another 1,161 people are injured.
  • Nearly one in every five accidents that happened in the US in 2013 involved distracted driving.
Upcoming Distracted Driving Blogs

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, check in with us on our blog tomorrow to learn more about the rise in the number of teenagers who are driving while distracted. 


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