Erie Insurance recently released a report on the top 10 most common distractions that can lead to a car accident, according to data collected from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). As a leading Erie Insurance agent in the Richmond area, we want to make sure that all of our drivers are aware of this information, as it can help to prevent future accidents from occurring.
Interestingly enough, the top distraction, according to Erie’s analysis, is a general loss of focus, or daydreaming while you are driving. This one distraction makes up 62% of the accidents. It is also, however, the hardest to fix, as it has no outside contributors. As opposed to some of the other reasons on the list, this distraction is not caused by a bad choice made by the driver, but a natural inability to keep completely focused on the road. The best thing you can do to help avoid this type of accident is to make sure that you are well rested before the drive and to take breaks as often as you need.
The number 2 distraction on Erie Insurance’s report is unsurprisingly cell phone usage. This report does not distinguish between calls, texting, or using the phone for any other reason. However, the combined total percentage was 12%. Considering the number of laws put in place by various states to cut down on the accidents from cell phone usage, including the banning of texting while driving in many states and a hands-free requirement in a number of others, this appears to be a valid concern. It is also one of the easiest distractions to avoid. Just don’t pick up the phone until you are finished driving.
To read the full report, you can view it on Erie Insurance’s website at http://www.erieinsurance.com/about/newsroom.aspx.