Driver distraction and inattention remain significant causes of road fatalities and injuries. Studies have shown that engaging in distracting activities can increase the risk of crashes by up to two-fold3, with inattention from all sources responsible for 78% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes.

Despite the preventable nature of most distractions, many drivers fail to recognise that seemingly harmless audio-visual distractions can be significant hazards when behind the wheel. In this fact sheet, we will explore the impact of audio distraction from in-ear headphones and visual distraction from technology on our driving ability.