Drivers in Minnesota can encounter a variety of problems on the road, from commuters jams to construction zones, but in some cases, they themselves may cause dangerous driving conditions. One of the most common issues is distracted driving; Carsurance reports that in 2017, more than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving accidents. Understanding the causes behind these types of incidents may help drivers be more vigilant when they are behind the wheel.

Cell phone usage is one of the most typical sources of driving distracted and can affect any age group, from teens to adults. The website End Distracted Driving notes that many states have laws against cell phone usage, even if the vehicle is not in motion, such as if the driver is sitting at a stoplight. Some states allow drivers to use cell phones on hands-free devices, but drivers might want to be aware that even these types of electronic assistants can cause them to take their attention off the road.

Passengers can also cause a great deal of distraction for those behind the wheel. Conversations, horseplay, arguing and trying to discipline rowdy kids or unrestrained pets can all distract drivers to the point where they glance in the rearview mirror for too long and take their eyes off the traffic ahead of them. This can cause them to crash into a car in front of them, which is likely to cause serious injuries to its occupants. Drivers who must transport animals can use crates or pet-friendly seatbelts and teach children passenger etiquette from an early age.