When most drivers think about accidents on a busy road, they may first think about cell phone usage causing someone to swerve or stop suddenly.
However, there are many other distractions you could face that may lead to a crash.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, taking your hands off the wheel to open a bag or a can of soda can reduce the time you have to react to danger. While eating may not seem that distracting, even a few seconds of your mind focusing on another action can lead to you running into another car or vehicle.
Communicating with other passengers
Emotionally charged conversations can severely limit how much attention you pay to other cars or the road around you. It can be tough to not look back at whoever you are talking to while discussing important topics. This kind of multitasking between two different places, looking inside and outside your car, can make it hard to focus properly on driving.
Playing music on the radio
When you are changing channels on the radio, you may not have your eyes on the road around you. Trying to press certain buttons to adjust the music can also lead to you missing important cues from cars around you that are trying to merge into a lane or turn in front of you.
No matter what you choose to do, activities that take your concentration away from the road can be just as distracting as using a cell phone.