Distracted Driving

Paying attention while driving is the number one way to avoid distracted driving accidents. Distracted driving can involve a variety of actions. From using a cell phone to texting to eating while driving, all of these things can be considered to cause a distraction. Even just talking while behind the wheel to dealing with noisy kids in the backseat can take your attention off of the road.

Using a hands-free device does not offer much of a difference, although the perception is that it is a good solution. When your attention is elsewhere, some studies show you look, but do not see. In a study conducted by an insurance firm. Even voice-controlled systems take your attention away from the road. Just hearing the notification of an incoming text or email can divert attention at a critical time.

Here are some of the more common reasons why you may get distracted:

Use of A Mobile Phone

This is still by far the most common reason for a driver to be distracted, whether they are using the phone of just seeing who is calling/reading a text.


The authorities are now clamping down on people who eat while they drive, arguing (quite rightly) that they cannot be in full control of the vehicle.

Changing the Radio

we have all done it, reached down to change the radio station and taken our eyes off the road for a split second, but that is all that it takes.

Retrieving Something from The Back Seat or Floor

Many people have been caught outreaching into the back seat of their car or bending down to pick something off the floor.

Lighting A Cigarette 

while this is not as common occurrence as it once was, many drivers can be easily distracted while lighting up a cigarette.

A simple conversation with a passenger – these have been the reason for many serious incidents, and are so simple to avoid. You should never distract a driver while the vehicle is in motion.

Shaving or Applying Makeup

It may sound crazy but many people have been caught and prosecuted for either shaving or applying makeup while driving

Controversial Billboards

Surprisingly there have been many accidents which have occurred due to a driver’s attention being distracted for a split second by a billboard.

Checking Out an Accident

As mad as it seems, the sight of an accident on the other side of the road/motorway has often resulted in some mass pileups as other drivers stretch their necks to see what is happening.

Waving to pedestrians on the side of the road has often been the cause of many accidents whether it be family friends or someone you like the look of.

Even though you can probably relate to some of the reasons why drivers become distracted, there are some which are plain crazy such as attempting to shave or apply makeup while driving.

Teen Driving Risks

                                                TEEN DRIVING RISK

Many parents view the teen driving years with mixed emotions. On the one hand, a driver’s license signifies an end to the endless chauffeuring that is a hallmark of kids’ younger years, and this brings some welcome relief to parents. On the other hand, teen driving leads to no shortage of anxiety when considering the dangers that come part and parcel with seeing their kids behind the wheel of a car.

Below are a few teen driving risks you should know

  1. Driving in the Summer.

Summer is the deadliest season for teen drivers, with seven of the top 10 most dangerous days occurring during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the American Automobile Association. Teens drive more during the summer, which may account for the increased risk.

  1. Driving under the influence.

It is probably no surprise that impaired driving puts teens at risk. What might be surprising is that nearly 1 in 4 teens admits to driving impaired. Perhaps worse, is that of these, up to 34% believe that impairment improves their driving.

  1. Driving while sleepy.

Kids who don’t get enough sleep significantly increase the risk of being involved in a car crash while driving.

  1. Texting while driving.

Not much needs to be said about why this is a risk. Still, about 40% to 50% of teens admit to texting while driving. Engaging in other distracting electronics behaviors (like talking on a cell phone) also increases risks.


  1. Driving with peers in the car.

Teens who drive with teen passengers put everyone in the vehicle at risk. Teen drivers were more likely to die in a crash if they have one teen passenger, and far more likely to die if they had two teen passengers.


  1. Teen drivers who are comfortable with risk-taking.

Teens who are more comfortable with stressful situations and risk-taking are more likely to be involved in near-crashes or crashes.

  1. Riding with impaired drivers.

Teens who have ridden with impaired teen drivers are more likely to drive impaired themselves.

  1. Speeding.

Speeding as a factor in fatal teen crashes has been increasing in recent years. Half of all fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers with three or more passengers have been found to be speeding-related.

  1. Being a female driver.

In a study by tire maker Bridgestone Americas, teen female drivers were more likely to engage in dangerous or distracted driving behaviors than males.

With an understanding of the dangers involved with teen driving and an intentional plan that includes placing strict boundaries on driving behaviors, parents can minimize the risks involved and help their kids stay safe during the teen driving years.