Most drivers know that texting while driving is a dangerous act that causes serious accidents each year. According to Bluefire Insurance, texting causes at least one out of four car crashes in the country each year.
However, while cell phone usage is usually the most common cause of distraction-based crashes, other problems inside the car can cause drivers to take their eyes off the road.
1. Talking or arguing with passengers
Whether an argument or other spirited discussion begins in a vehicle or before participants get behind the wheel, arguments and debates can cause serious distractions for drivers. Arguments about finances, family problems and personal relationships can all become heated, causing drivers to take their eyes off the road.
2. Traveling with pets
Pets that enjoy riding in the front seat of the car with their owners may accidentally cause distractions by either getting in the way of the car’s operational controls or by suddenly jumping into the driver’s lap and obstructing his or her vision. Drivers may want to consider pet car seats that come with seat belts to keep their pets safely in place.
3. Driving angry
After a long, bad day at work, some drivers get into their vehicles and take out their frustrations on other drivers by driving aggressively, cutting others off and speeding. Since all of these actions may lead to a serious accident, drivers dealing with powerful emotions may want to delay driving until they can get their feelings under control.
Drivers can avoid these distractions by preparing their cars’ interiors before putting the car in motion and allowing a cool head to prevail as they head out to their destination.