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What are the most common kinds of distractions while driving?

On Behalf of | Feb 10, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Even a simple mistake by another driver can lead to a serious accident that can make it hard for you to work or live your daily life.

Learning about the distractions that often cause these problems can help you to decide what steps to take next.

Eyes off the road

According to the United States Department of Transportation, multi-tasking and looking at anything other than the road can lead to a driver swerving and crashing into another car. Even a few seconds of distraction at high speeds can mean drivers miss someone switching lanes or slowing down in front of them.

You may even notice people falling asleep behind the wheel. If they fail to stay awake, then they could potentially run someone off the road or rear-end another car.

Mind focused elsewhere

If a person is driving along while distracted by a phone call or another passenger in the car, he or she may accidentally ignore a stop sign or red light.

Even people who are looking at the road may be daydreaming or worrying about something other than the traffic in front of them. A distracted driver can easily mistime when he or she needs to slow down if another vehicle tries to change lanes or exit a road.

Hands off the wheel

You may notice some drivers eating or attempting to unwrap food items, which can distract from keeping both hands on the wheel. Any time someone reaches down or turns his or her head around to search for an item, there is a chance for a crash.

Learning about these common problems drivers can have on the road can help you as you travel.