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Deadly Driving Distractions in North Carolina

We all know many of the most common reasons for car accidents: drunk driving, reckless driving, and speeding. However, one of the most common causes of car accidents is something that even "responsible" drivers take part in each day: driver distractions and driver inattention.

While drunk driving impairs your reflexes and speeding causes you to lose control of your vehicle, driving distractions actually take your hands off of the wheel and your eyes off of the road.

What are some popular examples of driver distractions?

· Talking on the cell phone while driving, or dialing your cell phone while driving.

· Texting while driving or using a mobile device such as a Blackberry or iPhone while driving.

· Grooming yourself while driving: applying makeup while driving, shaving while driving, brushing your hair while driving, or looking in a mirror while driving.

· Eating or drinking beverages while driving.

· Searching for a radio station while driving, changing tapes or CDs while driving, or entering information into a dashboard GPS system while driving.

· Giving your attention to the back seat of the car while driving - whether talking to friends in the backseat, trying to reach something in the backseat, or tending to children in the backseat.

· Reading a map or printed direction while driving.

· Any action that takes your eyes off of the road or your hands off of the wheel!

Driving distractions cause tens of thousands of car accidents per year - and some statistics say that nine out of ten teen driving accidents are the result of driving distractions. Perhaps the best way to stay safe on the road is to avoid these distractions - and stay attentive to what is on the road before you.