Distracted Driving Facts & Primary Causes

Distracted Driving Facts & Primary Causes

Road traffic accidents make up for a large percentage of personal injury compensation claims. Whilst drink driving is the cause for a large number of road traffic accidents, another concerning – and often more pressing – problem is the issue of distracted driving.


Wikipedia defines distracted driving as:

“The act of driving whilst engaged in other activities which take the drivers attention away from the road”


Statistics show that up to 72% of drivers in the UK have admitted to multi-tasking whilst at the wheel. This dangerously high level of distracted drivers causes countless road accidents every year, often leading to serious injuries and fatalities. Distracted driving is usually divided into three components:


Visual – Distractions that cause drivers to take their eyes off the road.


Manual – Distractions that cause drivers to take their hands of the wheel.


Cognitive – Distractions the cause drivers to divert their attention from the road.


Primary Cause of Distracted Driving


Eating and Drinking

The most common cause of distracted driving is eating and drinking behind the wheel. The data shows breakfast or lunch on the go are frequent occurrences in the UK, with up to 61% of drivers having admitted to eating and driving simultaneously.


Radio/Stereo Usage

Although many people view radio/stereo usage as part and parcel of the driving experience, constant toggling between radio stations or songs takes up a great deal of time and distracts the driver visually.


Mobile Phone

31% of drivers have admitted to driving whilst speaking on the phone without a hands-free kit. 30% of respondents also said they had read a text message whilst driving. After eating and drinking, the use of the mobile phones is the most common cause of distraction for road users.



Passengers – and children in particular –  can be a major cause of distraction for drivers. The vast majority of parents have admitted that a crying child on the back seat has caused them to turn around and take their eyes off the road.



Car mirrors are increasingly been used for cosmetic purposes by drivers in the UK. From applying make up to combing hair, 5% drivers have admitted to performing grooming tasks whilst driving.


Contact us today if you were a victim of a careless driver.


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