There are many different sources of driver distraction. The most common ones are smoking and using a smart phone, followed by eating and drinking. Drivers also tend to be more distracted during certain times of the year, week and day.
There are many sources of distraction at the wheel. Nevertheless, we can state that it is the cause of many accidents.
There are 3 main types of distraction:
A survey on distracted driving and seat belt use conducted from 2007 to 2015 shows that sources of distraction are varied and numerous.
In 2015, the survey also shows that the most common source of driver distraction is the use of a cell phone (telephone and texting) (17%).
The second most common distraction is the use of a cell phone (hand-held device).
The survey also shows that nearly one out of every ten drivers was distracted when travelling (in 2015, 9.66%).
Source: Enquête sur la distraction au volant et le port de la ceinture de sécurité 2007-2015 (PDF, 828 KB) (in French only)
The hours between noon and 2:59 p.m. and 3:00 and 5:59 p.m. are those during which the most accidents resulting in bodily injury due to distraction occur.
The average daily proportion of accidents resulting in bodily injury due to driver distraction is:
July and August are the months during which the most accidents resulting in bodily injury due to distraction occur (over 10%).
Summertime (May to September) is the period during which percentages peak: more than 50% of accidents resulting in bodily injury due to distraction occur during these months.
A survey conducted in 2015 on behalf of the SAAQ revealed that:
9% of Québec drivers admit to being distracted at the wheel
Assessing one's level of distraction is quite difficult, since it isn't an objective task. This is why only 9% of drivers admit to being very often or often distracted. Should we assume that 91% of drivers refuse to see themselves as part of the problem?