Has this ever happened to you?
You're driving down the road, minding your own business and then — out of nowhere — there's a curve.
But it didn't really just come out of nowhere, did it?
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety compiled an eye-opening video using data from the in-vehicle event recorders. After examining nearly 1,700 videos, the researchers came to the conclusion that distraction was one of the main factors in 58 percent of all crashes studied.
"The unprecedented video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports," the report claims.
The most common distractors, according to foundation, were interacting with other passengers, use of cell phones, looking for something in or outside the vehicle, grooming and reaching for an object.
Almost all of the mentioned actions are visible in this video compilation. Watch it for yourself and next time you get behind the wheel, think: a lively chat with your friends on Facebook, or, ahem... your life.
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