If you drive in Ontario, you are constantly facing risks. Not staying alert and engaging in risky driving behavior can lead to serious accidents. The following discusses some of the common causes of car accidents so you can be a better driver on the road.

According to the HuffPost, human error is the most common factor in car crashes. Obviously, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is extremely dangerous, and it leads to the most fatal accidents. Other common car accident causes include:

  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Rain
  • Driving at night
  • Construction zones
  • Tailgating
  • Running red lights
  • Potholes
  • Design flaws on vehicles
  • Animal crossings

One of the leading causes of car crashes is distracted driving. The Centers for Disease Control reports there are three types of distraction while driving, and they include taking your eyes and mind off the road and taking your hands off the wheel. Texting is one of the worst things you can do when behind the wheel, and this is particularly a problem with teenage drivers. In fact, studies show that drivers who frequently text while driving practice other unsafe driving behaviors such as drinking and driving, lack of seatbelt use and riding with others who have been drinking.

Many states have put laws in place that restrict the use of cellphones in vehicles. Most ban texting, and some only allow cellphone use if it is with a hands-free system. Other common distractions drivers face include eating, playing with the radio or navigation system and driving with young kids in the back.