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 OnePoll.com.

“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 rear view 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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