THE BLEEP OF TEXT, LOUD MUSIC, your mate messing around in passenger seat - sometimes there is lot going on that can distract the driver.
Not all distractions are against the law. Using a handheld mobile phones is illegal, banter with your best friend is not. But anything that takes your attention away from the road is dangerous.
Other people are one of the biggest distraction of all.
Believe it or not, young drivers are up tom5 times more likely to crash when they have 2 or more passengers in the car.
If you are driving make sure you stay focused. And if you are passenger dont mess around. Let the driver concetrate on driving.
Five ways to avoid Distractions
Switch your phone to do not disturb mode. This will hold calls amd texts for when driving is over.
Keep the volume down and set the music playing before you set off so you won't need to use the controls.
Set the Sat Nav destination before leaving. Rely more on voice instructions rather than starting at the screen. So you keep your eyes on the road.
Stop to eat and drink. Don't snack at the wheel.
Talk later. Save in depth conversation for when the journety is over.