Common Causes of Distraction Behind the Wheel

Common Causes of Distraction Behind the Wheel

For most people, driving is a daily activity. Therefore, it’s easy to let it become second nature and start finding other tasks to occupy your attention on the road. As dangerous as distracted driving is, many people still do it every day. To avoid a collision and stay safe on the road, be aware of these common causes of distracted driving. 

Cell Phones 

Whether used for talking, texting, browsing social media, playing music, or even using GPS navigation, cell phones are a huge everyday distraction for drivers. However, most phones do have a driving mode that will block calls and limit distractions while you’re behind the wheel. If you need to, turn your phone off to eliminate the temptation to use it while driving. 


One of the biggest causes of driver distraction on the road isn’t from an external source. Daydreaming and getting lost in thought are common reasons drivers let their attention drift off the road. Especially on your typical daily commute, it’s easy to simply go through the motions of driving without keeping an eye on the road. Make a conscious effort to stay aware of the road, since conditions will always be unpredictable and unique even if you always drive on the same roads. 

Eating and Drinking

Some people use their cars for everything, including as a place to enjoy a meal or snack. Reaching for your coffee cup—or worse, trying to eat a sandwich—while you are driving can easily pull your eyes away from the road and your hands off the wheel. It might be convenient to multi-task and eat on the go, but it’s best to wait until you’re safely parked to minimize driver distraction. 

Even if you’re the safest driver on the road, there is always a potential accident risk. If your vehicle has been damaged in a collision, head to the pros at National Auto Collision Centers for quality repairs at fair prices. You can get in touch with our Valencia Road location serving South Tucson at (520) 889-2536.