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Common driving distractions

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Driving distractions pose serious risks to safety on the road.

Every driver needs to understand the common distractions that can cause accidents.

Texting and phone use

According to Islander News, Miami-Dade County has the highest number of car crashes in Florida. One of the most dangerous distractions is using a phone while driving. Texting requires drivers to take their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel and their mind off driving. Even a quick glance at a phone can lead to a serious accident.

Eating and drinking

Many drivers eat or drink while driving, thinking it saves time. However, reaching for food, unwrapping it and eating all divert attention from driving. Spills can also cause sudden distractions. Eating and drinking increase the likelihood of losing control of the vehicle.

Talking to passengers

Engaging in conversations with passengers can be distracting. While talking to passengers is a natural part of driving, it can divert attention away from the road. Intense or emotional conversations are particularly distracting and can impair the driver’s ability to focus.

Adjusting controls

Adjusting the radio, GPS or climate controls takes attention away from driving. Even minor adjustments can lead to accidents if drivers do not pay full attention to the road. It is important to set up all controls before starting to drive.


Driving on familiar routes can sometimes lead to daydreaming. When the mind wanders, the driver’s reaction time slows, and awareness of surroundings decreases. It is important to stay mentally present.

External distractions

Events outside the car, such as billboards, accidents or interesting sights, can easily distract drivers. Rubbernecking, or slowing down to look at accidents, causes many secondary accidents. Drivers should keep their focus on the road ahead and avoid unnecessary distractions.


Some drivers use their commute to finish grooming tasks like applying makeup or fixing their hair. These activities require drivers to look away from the road and use their hands for something other than steering. Grooming while driving is a significant distraction that can lead to accidents.

When operating a motor vehicle, your top priority is driving safely and avoiding accidents.



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