Distracted Drivers

Distracted drivers encompass a large group of drivers. Whenever a driver is not able to focus all of his or her attention on the road and driving, that driver is distracted. Whether you are talking to your children in the back seat of the car, looking at the new billboard on the side of the road, fiddling with your stereo buttons, stuffing the last crumbs of a cheeseburger into your mouth or answering your cell phone -- if your eyes aren't on the road, you are a danger to yourself and to all of the other vehicles on the road.

A study funded by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety and conducted by the University of North Caroline Highway Safety Research Center found some 284,000 drivers were involved in serious crashes basically because they were not focusing on driving the vehicle.

Drivers reported being distracted most often by things that were outside the vehicle, followed by adjusting the stereo. Other distractions included adjusting the heat or air conditioning, eating or drinking, using the cell phone and smoking.

Avoid these types of crashes simply by focusing on your driving. Try to keep the distracting to a minimum and do not try to accomplish any other tasks while you are driving.

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