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Texting is not the only distraction that causes accidents

When the conversation turns to distracted driving, the culprit most commonly cited is texting. Indeed, texting while driving is a national epidemic that has become the top cause of death for teenage drivers, according to Newsday. There are plenty of other distractions that can be just as dangerous, though. If you are not completely focused on the road, you are putting yourself and other drivers at risk.

You should consider the following distractions, too, and be sure that you are not susceptible to any of them. It is important to avoid anything that might potentially pull your attention away from the road. If you have been injured due to a distracted driver, get the medical and legal assistance you need immediately. 

Smoking cigarettes

Smoking cigarettes is a bad habit for more than just your own health. It is well-known that they are linked to lung and mouth cancer, but some drivers might think that they are only affecting their own safety when they smoke. If you ever smoke while driving, this is untrue. Holding a cigarette and focusing on the action of smoking is both a physical and mental distraction.

Moving and reaching

Physical distractions are indeed one of the most dangerous problems on the road. Even if you do not take your eyes away from the cars around you, when you reach or move your hands away from the steering wheel, you are indulging a dangerous distraction. It is important to wait until your vehicle is stopped to get any items that are out of reach.

Eating or drinking

Eating are drinking have a tendency to be messy, so it is no wonder that these are also common distractions. It might seem like no big deal to reach for some fries while en route to your destination, but this is a dangerous action. Save eating and drinking for when you are not driving so that you are not distracted from the safely reaching your destination.

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