DISTRACTED drivers can cause traffic problems and road crashes. Here are the the top five, as listed by the NSW Roads and Maritime Services 'Geared' magazine:
1. Mobile phones (talking and texting)
Using a mobile while driving can increase the risk of a collision by four times, according to several studies. Sending a text message is even worse.
2. Adjusting vehicle settings
This is the most common bad driving habit because many people don't realise it's dangerous to fiddle with the radio, air-conditioning or windows while driving.
Young drivers have a greater risk of crashing when they have friends in the car.
4. Eating, drinking and smoking
An American study has found that eating a cheeseburger can be more distracting than talking on a mobile. And the risk of causing a crash is just one more reason not to smoke!
5. External distractions
As if there wasn't enough happening inside the car, there are lots of distractions outside too. Make sure you look out for other drivers and pedestrians, while trying to block out the roadside billboards, shops and all sorts of unexpected or interesting things going on in the streets.