THE U.S.’S TOP 10 DRIVING DISTRACTIONS INVOLVED IN FATAL CAR CRASHES

Wednesday August 07, 2013

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According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one in 10 fatal car crashes from 2010 and 2011 included at least one distracted driver.

The following list of the top 10 driving distractions is largely based on police officers’ judgment at the time of the accident.
  1. Generally distracted or lost in thought, 62 percent
  2. Cellphone use, 12 percent
  3. Outside person, object or event (rubbernecking), 7 percent
  4. Passenger distraction, 5 percent
  5. Using or reaching for device brought into vehicle, 2 percent
  6. Eating or drinking, 2 percent
  7. Adjusting audio or climate controls, 2 percent
  8. Using other device or controls in vehicle (mirrors, seats, navigation), 1 percent
  9. Moving object in vehicle (pets, insect), 1 percent
  10. Smoking-related, 1 percent
The list is a reminder that drivers should do everything in their power to limit distractions while driving. Fewer distractions mean fewer accidents, and fewer accidents mean