We all know that distracted driving is a major cause of car-related injuries and deaths but what makes drivers be distracted while driving and stop paying attention to the road?
According to Erie Insurance, a Pennsylvania-based insurance company, the number one cause of drivers becoming distracted is "being lost in thought". The company examined data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, which surveys all American motor vehicle fatalities.
Check below the top 10 causes of distracted driving:
1. Generally distracted, lost in thought or daydreaming - 62%
2. Cell phone use: talking, listening, dialing, texting - 12%
3. Outside person, object or event - 7%
4. Other occupants (talking or looking to other passengers in the car) - 5%
5. Using or reaching for device brought into the vehicle, such as navigational device or headphones - 2%
6. Eating or drinking - 2%
7. Adjusting audio or climate control - 2%
8. Using other device/controls integral to the vehicle, such as adjusting mirrors, seats or using of the OEM navigation system - 1%
9. Moving objects in the vehicle, such as pets or insects - 1%
10. Smoking related (smoking, lighting, putting ashes in the ashtray) - 1%