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Driving Distractions

Q: What types of activities distract drivers and ultimately cause accidents?

A: Distracted, inattentive drivers cause many accidents each year. Some distractions include: using a cell phone; adjusting vehicle controls like the heater or radio; drinking or eating; reading or looking at objects outside the vehicle like billboards, homes, or an accident; reaching for things inside the vehicle; being sleep deprived; putting on makeup, combing hair, or shaving; reading a map, book, or newspaper; and being engaged in complex or emotional conversations. Some cities and states have restrictions on certain activities like using hand held cell phones. Special provisions are also enacted in some states for drivers with learner’s permit.