Ten traffic accidents occur every second. Of the ten, approximately eight are caused by distracted driving. While cell phones are the most notorious distraction, your seemingly innocent cargo is more dangerous than you think. Click the buttons below to learn more:
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During a 30-minute commute, the average driver plays music for 21 minutes.

A car radio can easily reach 95 decibels, the same volume as a noisy lawn mower. This sound level regularly causes hearing damage and reaction time slows 20%.

8% of parents said they had caused an accident because of a crying child.

The average parent takes their eyes off the road for a staggering 3 minutes and 22 seconds during a 16-min trip.

82% of pets ride in cars, often unrestrained.

In a 55-mph crash, a 20-pound dog yields a crash force of 1100 pounds — the weight of an adult cow.

More than 8 in 10 people eat or drink while driving.

While taking a drink, drivers were 18% more likely to swerve into a neighboring lane.

The most dangerous item: Coffee.

In a simulation, cell phone talkers got in more accidents than those driving drunk.

It’s no wonder — talking on a cell phone, even hands-free, slows reaction time by 26%.

One text takes a driver's eyes off the road for about 4.6 seconds:

At 55-mph, that’s like driving an entire football field blindfolded. If this results in reckless driving, insurance rates go up more than a first-time DWI.

Women applying makeup while driving cause 500,000 crashes every year in the U.K.

If ticketed for “careless driving,” you could see car insurance jump by 16% — roughly $220/year.

Of those who own a GPS, 41% set it while the car is in motion.

In California, it’s even illegal to check smartphone maps. If you do, it could result in a $160 ticket.

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