We searched to find the deadliest driving distractions so you can avoid partaking in any of these shenanigans.
According to the Government of Ontario, deaths from collisions caused by distracted driving have doubled since 2000. They also explained a driver using a cell phone is four times more likely to crash than a driver who is focused on the road.
The Top 10 Deadliest Driving Distractions
- Smoking – including smoking, lighting up, putting ashes in a tray. When reviewing crash reports involving at least one fatality – it was discovered that 1% of accidents were caused by smoking.
- Moving Objects – including pets, insects. 1% of accident reports were caused by moving objects.
- Vehicle Device/Controls – including those that are integral to using a vehicle, such as adjusting your mirrors or seat. Anything that takes your attention off the road, even seemingly innocent behaviours such as these cause approximately 1% of accidents.
- Audio/Climate Controls – including switching radio stations, adjusting volume or changing the temperature accounts for 2% of fatal accidents.
- Eating/Drinking – eating or drinking while operating a motor vehicle causes 2% of distracted driving accidents.
- Devices - including reaching for a navigational GPS device or headphones account for 2% of distracted driving accidents.
- Passengers – including chatting with or looking at people in your car, cause 5% of fatal crashes.
- Outside Circumstances – including people, an object, accident or event. All of which distracts a driver, taking their eyes off the task at hand – resulting in 7% of accidents.
- General Distraction – explained as “lost in thought,” daydreaming or simply not paying attention to driving. When a driver is detached from reality, they cause 62% of fatal distracted driving-related accidents.
- Cell Phones – cell phone use including text messaging, emails, browsing the internet are the biggest cause of fatal accidents.
Considering every half hour, one person is injured in a distracted driving collision it’s imperative you avoid all distracted driving urges.