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3 common causes of distracted driving

The number of accidents caused by distracted driving is steadily increasing, making this one of the top causes of motor vehicle crashes.

Traffic laws governing the use of cell phones continue to get implemented in states across the country, but texting and talking on the phone are not the only culprits. What distractions are drivers facing when their full attention should be on the road?

1. Using cell phones

While not the only cause of distraction, cell phone use while driving is among the most common. Texting, talking, checking emails and using apps can all divert a driver’s attention. Turning off notifications is one way to avoid the temptation of checking your phone.

2. Grooming

Life gets busy and the mad dash to get to work, school or appointments means multitasking is often necessary. Applying makeup, combing hair and shaving are common activities that some people think they can safely do behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, the dangers of doing more than one thing while you drive are extreme.

3. Eating and drinking

Another common activity that people engage in to save time is eating while driving. This seemingly simple task can become incredibly complicated when factors like pedestrians, street signs, traffic lights and other vehicles get added to the mix. Messy burgers and hot coffee are not helpful for attentive driving.

Being aware of the common sources of distractions can help reduce inattentive driving, which is the safest option for passengers, pedestrians and everyone else on the road.