Virtually every driver on the road today is aware that texting while driving is dangerous. In fact, most states have laws on the books banning the use of a mobile device behind the wheel in some form or another.
According to U.S. News & World Report, there are many other distracted driving habits that can also do harm. Avoiding these habits greatly reduces your risk of a collision.
Changing radio stations
It is always best to set your GPS, switch to a favorite radio station, or stream a podcast before heading out. Taking your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road even momentarily can lead to a serious car accident. And with more and more vehicles coming equipped with Bluetooth capability, in-vehicle distractions are bound to get worse.
Carrying on conversations
Hands-free devices allow you to operate your smartphone without removing your hands from the wheel. While this is definitely an improvement, just the act of speaking with another person is distracting. The same principle applies to talking with passengers in your vehicle. When you are having a conversation, your mind is not where it should be.
Eating breakfast or lunch
Speeding out of the house in the morning might mean swinging by a fast food restaurant for a meal on the go. The same situation can occur at lunch if you lack the time. Drivers must make time for meals during the day. Not only is it better for digestion, but it also reduces the risk of a car crash.