We’ve all seen them. Hell, we’ve all been them. Distracted drivers are everywhere, whether it’s a woman running late and putting on her makeup in the car or the guy who skipped lunch and is now scarfing down a double cheeseburger, these types of drivers are the ones that cause accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 80% of crashes involved driver distraction. The risk is three times higher when the driver is fiddling with their cell phone and nine times higher when the driver is reaching for something (like that cell phone). Statistics show that 79% of drivers are distracted due to changing their radio stations or CDs and 51% are distracted because of their cell phone.

These examples are some of the more obvious distractions that can cause accidents, but there even some driver habits that will lead to crushed metal. Remember taking an eyeful of that accident to see if anyone was hurt or coming back from a daydream only to brake for no apparent reason? The driving habits some of us pick up can lead to an accident just as easily as if we were on the phone. The best way to overcome these habits is to fine tune our driving techniques. Don’t just keep your eyes on the road, keep your thoughts on the road as well. Then there’s the more obvious suggestions such as catching up with your best friend while sitting on the couch and not while you’re in the car or keeping up with the flow of traffic and not cranking your neck back to see what’s going on in the other car.

Check out the rest of the infographic to get more helpful driving techniques and statistics and remember to check back with us for the next installment in our Car Infographics series.


Source: TheAutoInsurance

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  (197) posted on 09.8.2011

Oh yeah! I have seen the summary for the most annoying habit of driver! But I have to say that using mobile phone is on my top list. The rate of the accident due to this negligence is quite alarming.

  (449) posted on 09.8.2011

Ouch! That was really true! Sorry, but I can’t help but to do those thing. But here I am still alive!hehe

  (287) posted on 08.9.2011

hmm. We couldn’t admit that most of crashed were due to driver’s fault. I certainly agree that the distractions listed here are true! I hope this would serve as a wake up call for the irresponsible drivers!

  (399) posted on 08.9.2011

The facts here are quite funny but sad truth. Well, it seems that the moral of the story is just be courteous sometimes and focus in driving.

  (592) posted on 07.25.2011

Same thing here, I hate that too. Those habits really annoy me, especially those drivers who use their cellular phone while driving. I got angry when I’m on a hurry then they will slow down in the middle of the road!

  (798) posted on 07.25.2011

Those figure is quite alarming. But sad to say that even the drivers are aware of this thing still a car crashed happen and the cause was one on the listed above. I guess the drivers need to listen to these alarming notice.

  (580) posted on 07.25.2011

I think it would be better if the car manufacturer can invent a high technology wherein the driver can still do these thing while they were not distracted for a voice command machine will do those task for him!hehe

  (142) posted on 07.23.2011

Damn i hate when people block the left lane and don’t let you merge to get around! Stubborn, right?

aziz  (16) posted on 07.23.2011

hahahaha... too true LOL. In my city I have a theory: don’t drive behind a bus, a taxi, an old person and a new car smiley

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