Driving Distractions


Driving is a serious responsibility; it demands and deserves your full, undivided attention. What is a distraction? It’s anything that takes your hands, eyes or attention away from driving. It could be a billboard, a passenger in your truck, something going on outside your truck or even something as simple as trying to set the speed of your windshield wipers. Of course, you have to occasionally glance at your speedometer, fuel and other gauges. But actions like changing the radio station, dialing a cell phone, reading a map or using a navigation system while you’re driving can lead to big trouble. In fact, one recent study showed that driver distractions are a contributing factor in more than 4,300 vehicle crashes a day. Among the most common driving distractions are:

  • Adjusting the radio, cassette or CD player
  • Other passengers or drivers in the vehicle
  • Moving objects in the vehicle
  • Using/dialing a wireless phone
  • Eating and drinking while driving
  • Personal grooming
  • Adjusting the vehicle’s temperature controls
  • Smoking while driving
  • Outside distractions, including:
    • Vehicles stopped by police
    • Friends in other vehicles
    • Roadside advertising