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The driving distractions you might not have noticed

We all do things behind the wheel other than drive. Your mind probably isn’t focused on the road one-hundred percent of the time. However, distracted driving doesn’t just count the dangers of texting. Anything that takes your mind, eyes or hands away from the road can create a serious hazard.

While you might try to be as responsible as you can, you might not have thought about a few common things that inhibit your safety. Because one out of 10 fatal crashes involves distracted driving, it’s essential to be aware of how the following activities could put you, your passengers and other motorists at risk.


Children and adults alike can pose a threat to your concentration. While there isn’t much you can do about squabbling in the back seat; you can try to enforce a “quiet car” rule. You may also limit conversations with adults until you have reached your destination.


Yes, there’s nothing quite like a musical road trip with your best friend or spouse, but don’t let yourself get too consumed while remembering every lyric to Bohemian Rhapsody. If you choose to sing along to music, keep your eyes on the road, restrict dancing and opt for humming the tune instead of belting the words, which may take more brain power.


While you likely consider your GPS to aid your driving, it can become a distraction as powerful as any other digital device. Recalibration and looking ahead at the route can create prime conditions for an accident.


Smoking is a seldom discussed distraction in the car. Although smoking-related crashes don’t happen often, they do exist. The primary concern is over lighting and extinguishing cigarettes, but the mental effects of marijuana use are also becoming a problem on the road.

Your reflection

You’re running late to work and didn’t have time to finish your makeup or tidy your hair. A quick glance in your rearview mirror can distract you just long enough to miss noticing a car pull out from nowhere or a child run into the street.

A few more contenders for our list include eating, fatigue and merely daydreaming. Distracted driving can destroy lives, so make sure your focus remains on the task at hand while driving by monitoring your behavior in the car.

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