And you thought it was texting. According to The Trucker.com, “Erie Insurance, which noted that of the more than 65,000 people killed in car crashes over the past two years, one in 10 were in crashes where at least one of the drivers was distracted.” By daydreaming.
Which was the cause of 62 percent of distracted driving accident involving a fatality. The data is based on police reports from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a nationwide census of fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Here are the other 9 causes of fatal accidents. In note with interest that makeup application is not on this list:
2. Cellphone use (talking, listening, dialing, texting) 12 percent
3. Outside person, object or event, such as rubbernecking
4. Other occupants (talking with or looking at other people in car), 5 percent
5. Using or reaching for device brought into the vehicle, such as navigational device, headphones, 2 percent
6. Eating or drinking, 2 percent
7. Adjusting audio or climate controls, 2 percent
8. Using other device/controls integral to vehicle, such as adjusting rear view mirrors, seats or using OEM navigation system, 1 percent
9. Moving object in vehicle, such as pet or insect, 1 percent
10. Smoking related (include smoking, lighting up, putting ashes in ashtray