We all know that texting while driving qualifies as distracted driving and is a dangerous activity. But texting isn’t the only path to distracted driving. Here are some other dangerous behind-the-wheel activities:
Paying attention to what’s happening in the back seat: Trying to mediate a back-seat conflict while you’re driving or looking back to check on a crying child can lead to an accident. In fact, it’s a growing cause of serious car accidents.
Messing with music. Changing radio stations, adjusting stereo volume and even putting in a CD while you’re driving can slow your ability to respond in time to avert a car accident. In-dash technology such as GPS also can be a big distraction while driving.
Eating and drinking. A growing number of accidents are being attributed to eating, drinking and smoking while driving. Safety experts say putting on makeup and for men, shaving, often leads to accidents.