It turns out electronic devices aren't the leading cause of distracted driving car crashes. Around 10 percent of all accidents that cause a death involve distracted driving, and Bloomberg reports that an Erie Insurance Group study has found that daydreaming and being lost in thought are responsible for 62 percent of those crashes. Mobile phone use, meanwhile, accounted for just 12 percent of those accidents. The study used police reports for its data, and as such, the numbers could greatly underestimate the role distracted driving plays in serious incidents.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, it requires some 20 complex decisions to stay on course for every mile you drive. The group recommends drivers be aware of when their not paying attention to the road and do what they can to minimize those moments.

Other distractions include rubbernecking, other passengers and pets roaming around the cabin.


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      Sebastian Baba
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Oh, I'm sorry I rear-ended you, I was busy thinking too hard." Stupid excuses for stupid people.
      Blue
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...drivers be aware of when their not paying attention..." And the biggest cause of embarrassing mistakes in articles is when writers and editors aren't paying attention.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Blue
        I was totally going to comment on that if nobody else did. Just couldn't let that mistake go unpunished. There, their and they're mistakes drive me nuts. Same with to, two, and too.
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Idiots! Cell-phone usage and electronics in the vehicle ARE loss of thought. ...facepalm...
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yappers deny use of cellphones after accidents. Unless you have the dips on camera, they will deny, deny, deny.
      michigan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Soon cars will have black boxes that will record your thoughts and store them in case of an accident
      adam
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's paying attention to something other than driving. Who the hell gets paid to study this?
      BG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perfect photograph for this article. Absolutely perfect.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, America is turning into a totalitarian state, and this whole "distracted driving epidemic" is just an excuse for the government to take even more control of our lives. If I want to text or talk on the phone while I drive, that's my right as an American, and no one can take it from me. What is the government going to ban next? Listening to music while driving, fixing hair while driving, talking to passengers while driving... etc. The government has no right to control what I do in my car or anywhere else, and it also has no right to know what I do in my car. This is just an example of a totalitarian government trying to genetically engineer us into perfect little passive sheepies. I do many things which are supposed to cause me to crash, like not using turn signals, running through yellow, and even red lights when there is little traffic, and using the phone and texting while driving. I haven't crashed in a long time. And do I give a damn if texting while driving leads to 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 more fatalities than nondistracted driving? Hell no. I don't have to use turn signals if I don't want to, and I couldn't care less if some brain dead sheepie was "offended" if I didn't perform according to their standards. If they don't want to get into an accident with me, do me a favor and GET THE **** OUT OF MY WAY.
        Donny Hoover
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        This dude claims to drive an EVO. Obviously a lot wrong with this post but first and foremost, if you're going to drive like that, it is YOU who is going to be run over by everybody with a bigger vehicle (which is most people) and coming out of the accident in worse shape. Secondly, people who don't use turn signals are retards. 'nuff said.
        Ducman69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I just double-checked the constitution, and pretty sure there is nothing in there about texting and driving. I'd also wager that your state has laws against texting and driving, and thus an officer of the law has the right to bend you over the hood of your car and cuff your ass for putting innocent attentive drivers at risk.
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Is it your right as an American to run over a mom and 2 kids b/c you were enjoying your freedom to drink?
          FuelToTheFire
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          Maybe the family should have moved out of the way when they saw me coming. How about that? Or should we introduce even more nanny state regulations to take away everyone's freedoms? I don't drink and drive, but that's because I care about my own life. I don't give a **** if some random person on the road dies. Even though I don't DUI, I don't think there should be any laws against it. Whatever happened to personal responsibility?
        jf.bouchard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        It is evident from your posts that you lack wisdom, maturity and love for your neighbor. Try to consider *others* than yourself some time, it will give you a new perspective on life. Just a friendly tip.
        Muttons
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Don't feed the troll. His name says it all.
      Jarrod W.
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The group recommends drivers be aware of when their not paying attention to the road and do what they can to minimize those moments." Holy hell, I feel like this article was written by an elementary school drop out. I can say without hesitation that I've never use the incorrect form of their, they're, or there, and I don't even write for a living. If I sucked at the one thing I was supposed to be good at for work I probably wouldn't be employed for very very long.
        lazybeans
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jarrod W.
        Give the guy a break. Sometimes, the word that is typed isn't the word that was thought. It happens quite often.
          Jarrod W.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lazybeans
          Your write. Eye should knot halve bin sew critical of hymn.
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lazybeans
          That response took more effort than most AB articles. You should get a job in journalism.
        SpikedLemon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jarrod W.
        Damn you autocorrect. Next time use a proper word processor!
      King of Eldorado
      • 1 Year Ago
      With all the right-wing talk radio out there, I find it hard to believe that very many drivers are getting "lost in thought."
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      wandering off of the mind is a byproduct of excess driving. Nobody intentionally wanders their mind away. Texting is an activity that someone intentionally does, so the 2 are different. Also, rubbernecking is caused by accidents where the police puts their flashing lights and closing off multiple lanes, all in the name of safety. But in reality, it causes more accidents. They should just not attract any more attention then they have to, or cordon off the accident scene so nobody could see anything. Pretty soon, everybody will know there is nothing they could see and eventually nobody will slow down for them.
        Pierre Theron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LW
        I completely agree. Nine times out of ten, when I hit a spot of traffic in an area that's doesn't normally have traffic, it's because everyone's slowing down to see an accident, even if it's a stupid little fender bender. Seeing the vehicles involved in the accident has no impact on the rest of your day. Just keep your eyes on the road!
          michigan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Pierre Theron
          That's right. Four lanes of traffic don't have to all slow down to see a car that was in a fender bender parked on the shoulder
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Pierre Theron
          Sure it does, it makes you late, then you have to push things off or reschedule. It has no positive impact on your day though for sure.
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Pierre Theron
          Funny thing is I always see a fender bender and the cars involved just stop in the middle of the lane instead of moving it to the shoulder.
      Michael Dorian Bach
      • 1 Year Ago
      And this is why everyone needs to be driving manuals. It helps you stay engaged. These cars are becoming way to automatic in everyway possible.
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