Cellphones, unsurprisingly, are one of the worst contributors. Texting is particularly egregious in cars, as it’s a visual, manual, and cognitive distraction…
But another culprit you may not have thought of is your own car, says Alex Epstein, director of transportation safety at the National Safety Council.
“Vehicles themselves now have infotainment systems and other technologies that can pull one’s attention away from the task of driving,” Epstein says. “Apps that encourage drivers to use a device while driving for GPS routing, ordering food, finding parking or other tasks are unsafe [as well].”
These risk factors compound when the sun has set. “When driving in the dark, one’s depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision can be compromised,” Epstein explains.