What are some unusual distractions that can lead to a crash?

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents on the road, but it is not always the typical distractions like texting or talking on the phone that lead to collisions.

Surprisingly, there are some rather unusual distractions that can divert a driver’s attention, putting them and others at risk. Taking proactive steps to minimize distractions can save lives and prevent accidents caused by these unexpected disruptions.

Loud pets

With over 49 million households in the United States housing one or more dogs, large pets are more common now than ever. Many people love traveling with their furry companions, but sometimes pets can become a major distraction.

Whether it is a hyperactive dog jumping around the car or suddenly deciding to explore the dashboard, these unexpected antics can cause a driver to take their eyes off the road.

Food fiascos

Eating while driving is a common distraction, but some food-related incidents can be exceptionally unusual. Spilling hot coffee or dropping a slice of pizza can lead to chaos inside the car, as drivers frantically try to clean up the mess, taking their focus off driving safely.

Overly entertained kids

Children can be a handful, especially when they get bored during a car ride. Parents often try to keep their kids entertained with toys, games or tablets. However, when kids start fighting over toys or need constant attention, it can lead to drivers turning around or glancing in the rearview mirror, endangering everyone on the road.

Unruly insects

Imagine driving peacefully when a bee or wasp suddenly invades a person’s car. In an attempt to swat away the pesky insect, drivers can lose control of the vehicle. In some cases, even harmless butterflies or moths can create momentary chaos.

GPS devices

GPS devices are typically helpful, but they can also be distracting. Drivers might become overly focused on their GPS, trying to decipher directions or adjusting settings while driving at high speeds, leading to accidents.

Personal grooming

While it is important to look presentable, attempting to groom oneself while driving is risky. Applying makeup, shaving or even attempting a quick hairstyle fix can divert a driver’s attention from the road ahead.

Even unusual circumstances and distractions can lead to dangerous car crashes. Underestimating or ignoring potentially worrisome situations is a problem that many drivers may run into.


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