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The everyday distractions that West Virginia drivers face are countless. But, there is hope for those who wish to sharpen their skills as a defensive driver.

According to aboutdrivingschools.com, drivers using their cell phones have a 400 percent more likely chance of getting into a traffic accident. Cell phones, however, are certainly not the only distraction drivers must overcome.

Changing the radio or a CD can be just as dangerous as using your phone. Surprisingly, pets and children are also listed as one of the largest distractions in the vehicle.

The number one distraction, according to aboutdrivingschools.com, is driving under the influence of alcohol. In 2006, over 37 percent of all traffic fatalities were alcohol related.

For the vehicle operators concerned about their own driving habits, or for those who wish to learn how to handle sharing the roads with distracted drivers, classes are available.

The West Virginia driving schools are located in Charleston, Huntington, Clarksburg and Martinsburg, but drivers from this area would not have to travel any further than their living room.

All classes are available online in one 12 hour course, or students may opt to break the 12 hours up over the course of a few days. Please visit http://www.aboutdrivingschools.com/driving/unitedstates/westvirginia  for an explanation of the class and costs.

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