You are probably well aware of some of the most common driving distractions. At this point, everyone knows that it is distracting to text and drive, for example. Doing so can – and does – cause car accidents all throughout the year, and it should be avoided by all drivers.
However, there are many things that people do that they don’t even realize are distracting. These too can cause accidents, so it’s important to know what they are. A few examples are included below.
Listening to music
One study looked into the role that music plays by examining the number of driving errors made by people who are listening to different types of music. The absolute worst results came when people were allowed to pick their own music, something that most drivers do every day. This music was so distracting to them that 98% of them made driving mistakes.
Drinking a cup of coffee
Another thing that is very common in cars, especially during late night road trips or early morning commutes, is for people to drink a cup of coffee. But this is often included on lists of food and drinks that you shouldn’t consume in the car. Picking up the coffee takes a hand from the steering wheel, drinking it can block your view and spilling hot coffee can cause an accident.
Transporting your children
Parents certainly understand that their children can be distracting, but they may be surprised to find out just how drastic it is. Some studies have found that distraction from children is much worse than even a cellphone. This is further complicated by the fact that parents have no choice in the matter and have to take their children to school, extracurricular activities, the doctor’s office and many other locations. In other words, this is a distraction that they will face until their children grow up.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to seek financial compensation.