Top 10 Deadliest Driving Distractions

Source: PropertyCasualty360

Distracted driving is a serious concern, endangering not only the life of the driver, but everyone else on the road. According to PropertyCasualty360, drivers using hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. However, cell phone use did not take the top spot in Erie Insurance’s 2013 report listing the top 10 deadliest driving distractions. Continue reading below to find out which habit took the No. 1 spot and to view the full list of driving distractions:

  1. Smoking-related(includes smoking, lighting up, putting ashes in tray) – Among the law enforcement officers’ notes Erie Insurance examined in crash reports involving at least one fatality, 1 percent cited smoking or smoking-related gestures.
  2. Moving objects (pets or insects) – Another 1 percent of the reports analyzed mentioned “moving objects.”
  3. Using other devices or controls integral to the vehicle – Behaviors that seem harmless, like adjusting your rear view mirror or your seat, also accounted for 1 percent of fatal accidents.
  4. Adjusting audio or climate controls – Other seemingly harmless activities like changing the radio station or adjusting the vehicle’s heat or air conditioning can be blamed for 2 percent of these accidents.
  5. Eating or drinking – Another 2 percent of the fatal crashes Erie Insurance examined were caused by drivers who were eating or drinking behind the wheel.
  6. Using or reaching for devices brought into vehicle – Using or reaching for items like headphones or a GPS device for instance, accounted for another 2 percent of accidents.
  7. Other occupants (talking with or looking at other people in the car) – Approximately 5 percent of drivers involved in these fatal crashes were distracted by their passengers.
  8. Outside person, object or event – Paying attention to something outside of the vehicle, such as the scene of a crash or another driver being pulled over, for example, led to 7 percent of crashes.
  9. Cell phone use(talking, listening, dialing, texting) – Many people likely would expect cell phone use to be the deadliest driving distraction, but it actually took the No. 2 spot in Erie Insurance’s report, causing 12 percent of the fatal accidents examined. Although it didn’t take the top spot in this report, texting while driving is extremely dangerous, causing 1,600,000 accidents per year according to the National Safety Council.
  10. Generally distracted or “lost in thought” – Driving while detached from reality or “in a fog” claimed the No. 1 spot in Erie Insurance’s report, accounting for 62 percent of these crashes.

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