Top 5 Most Dangerous Driving Habits

If you are like most people, you probably spend most of the day in your car. The cost of commuting, running errands, and shuttling the kids around town can really add up. With soaring gas prices, you need a way to fight back. At Getting Paid To Drive, we want to help you make money while you drive, but by doing it safe.

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Every day, distracted driving kills more than 15 people and injures more than 1,200 [source: Centers for Disease Control]. We have compiled the top 5 most dangerous distractions while driving, that you should avoid.

1. Eating and Drinking – Eating and drinking while you drive is the most common distraction for all drivers. Consider some of the things that could go wrong: You could spill scalding coffee on your lap, greasy hands or one-handed driving means less control of the steering wheel, or what if you spill food all over your clothing? When this happens drivers face a potential domino effect where impaired attention leads to loss of control.

2. Getting Ready For Work – It is common to see a woman painting her face or a man using it for his shaving time.Your car “vanity mirror” in the fold-down visor right above the windscreen even helps to facilitate this morning ritual. When you are in a rush, it can seem like the perfect place to take care of personl grooming tasks. Between 2 and 3 percent of the population experience a noticeable decline in performance when they try to do two or more things at once.

3. Driving When Tired – Late night at the office or running on no sleep because the baby was crying? You are not alone. Nearly 41 percent of drivers say they’ve fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point or another, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The NHTSA estimates drowsy driving in the United States causes 100,000 crashes a year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths [source: NHTSA].

4. Music and Other Gadgets – It’s not just a cellphone that is a problem. Radios, iPod adaptors and navigation systems can all be deadly digital devices. In car entertainment is one of biggest reasons drivers get into accidents. Changing a CD or the radio station may only take a couple seconds, but it is a long enough distraction to do some serious damage.

5. Cellphones – The car has become a favorite spot to place calls and send, and with proliferating technology and social media platforms, it’s become one of the worst collective mass distraction with which we have to contend. It takes about five seconds of attention to a screen and keyboard to send a brief text. In actuality, distracted driving accidents, including those caused by the use of handheld devices, collectively form the number 1 killer of teens, according to the NHTSA and others.

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