The moment you get behind the wheel of your vehicle is the moment you need to get serious about driving. Any distraction can cause an accident, so you can’t afford to lose sight of the task at hand.

With so many types of driving distractions, remaining focused is easier said than done. Here are seven of the most common distractions:

  • Lost in thought: This means you’re daydreaming as opposed to focusing on your responsibilities as a driver.
  • Texting: When you text, you’re taking your eyes off the road and at least one hand off the steering wheel.
  • Reaching for an object: This can include anything from a child’s toy under a seat to your cellphone that is stored in the center console.
  • Eating or drinking: Don’t assume that eating or drinking in the car is safe, as it calls for you to remove a hand from the wheel.
  • Passengers: It’s easy to get so caught up in a conversation with a passenger that you forget to pay attention to the road.
  • Adjusting vehicle controls: Maybe you want to change the radio channel. Or maybe you want to change the temperature of the inside air. Be sure to stop your vehicle before adjusting any controls.
  • Smoking: You may have been doing this while driving for many years, but don’t lose sight of the fact that it’s a distraction.

Even if you avoid these common driving distractions, another driver could make a mistake that causes an accident. If this happens, call for help, stay where you are, receive medical treatment and take steps to protect your legal rights.