Distracted Driving: 7 Bad Habits You Don't Know You Have

Man Grabbing Wheel of Car While Woman Driver Texts
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Stay Safe Behind the Wheel

We know we’re supposed to keep our hands on the wheel and our eyes on the road at all times. But many of us don’t. Instead we eat, groom, and, worst of all, text while driving.

But these distractions should not be taken lightly; more than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2014, according to distraction.gov, the official U.S. government site for distracted driving. More than 60 percent of drivers involved in crashes admitted to being “generally distracted” or “lost in thought,” according to a 2013 Erie Insurance analysis of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Texting while driving is so prevalent that the federal government recently recommended that cell phones come programmed with a simplified interface that prevents certain functions, such as typing, playing video, or automatically scrolling through text while driving.

There are several ways your attention can drift while driving. Here are seven bad habits you don’t know you have.