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Top 50 most common motoring distractions revealed

Read Cars logo Read Cars 2017-10-10 Gareth Herincx

© Newspress Heavy rain, backseat drivers and spiders in the car are among the most common motoring distractions, it has emerged.

Researchers who carried out a detailed study also found debris on the road, children squabbling in the back and dashboard warning lights lead to drivers taking their eyes off the road.

Following and adjusting the sat nav, plus changing radio stations, also made the list as did eating food or consuming drinks whilst steering the vehicle.

“There are hundreds of distractions for drivers every day, and during a long commute it can be hard to stay focused,” said David Carter of Accident Advice Helpline, which commissioned the study of 2,000 motorists via

“When doing the same journey regularly, road users still need to keep their attention at 100% as incidents can easily occur as the result of a small distraction.

“The sheer volume of traffic on the road and the increase of in-car and mobile technology provide more opportunities for driver distraction ever before”.

Top 50 driving distractions

1. People who drive towards you with full beam on in the dark

2. Heavy rain

3. Getting lost

4. Obstructions / debris in the road

5. Kids arguing in the back

6. Back seat drivers

7. A warning light/weird sound

8. Trying to follow the Sat Nav

9. Kids fighting

10. A bug or spider that has gotten into the car

11. Passenger not giving directions

12. Minor accidents

13. Adjusting the sat nav

14. Changing the radio station

15. Scenery

16. Trying to transport something fragile like a cake and making sure it stays safe

17. Having a row with your partner

18. Passengers fiddling with the tunes

19. Passengers fiddling with the heaters

20. You’re watching the driver behind you in your rearview mirror

21. General daydreaming

22. Emergency services travelling on either carriageway

23. Driving past a tourist attraction like Stonehenge

24. Eating/food

25. Being upset

26. People who have broken down

27. A pet in the back

28. Trying to take off a jacket because it’s hot

29. A pedestrian outside the car drawing attention to themselves

30. A text coming through

31. Talking on the phone

32. You’re too busy looking at what other drivers are doing

33. Adjusting the temperature

34. Children making a mess

35. Classic cars

36. Kids playing games

37. One of the kids undoing their seatbelt

38. Advertising/billboards

39. Checking to see if your child is asleep yet

40. When you need something from the glovebox – at 70mph

41. Attractive driver in the car next to you at the traffic lights

42. When you drop some food on the floor

43. Laughing hysterically

44. Unusual cars

45. Checking the fuel level

46. Your favourite song on the radio

47. Listening intently to the radio

48. Smoking/vaping

49. Trying to do up your own seatbelt after you’ve pulled out

50. Checking yourself in the mirror

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