Cellphones lead to many distracted driving accidents as people use social media, take pictures and send or read text messages. But there are plenty of other distractions as well, such as eating a hamburger, changing the radio station, talking to a passenger or even adjusting the mirror. Accidents have even happened because people saw a spider in the car. Distractions come from every direction.
That said, they generally work in three different ways, no matter what type of distraction you’re talking about. There are visual distractions, mental distractions and manual distractions. That means they either take your eyes off of the road, they distract you from thinking about driving or they take your hands off of the wheel.
This is why cellphone usage is such a problem. Using your cellphone while driving impacts your ability to focus on all three fronts at the same time. That makes them major distractions that often lead to accidents even more often than some of the other examples listed above.
On top of that, there is evidence that even hands-free devices can be distracting. Just like talking to a passenger in the car, while you can still hold the wheel with both hands and look at the road, the mental issue still exists. You have to devote mental energy to the conversation, and that can make you a worse driver than you would be otherwise.
The best safety tip, of course, is to avoid all three types of distractions every single time you get in the car. If another driver hits you, though, you may need to seek financial compensation for your injuries.