Texts, Drugs, and Road Rage: The 11 Deadly Sins of Driving

Not everyone has the level of focus or dedication to driving like Gymkhana specialist/rally car driver Ken Block. Few people can even drive stick, let alone navigate abandoned parking lots like performance fanatic Tyler Witte in the short film seen here.

Driving a car is a dangerous, demanding endeavor. According to the New York Times, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 10% of all fatal accidents and 18% of crashes that caused injuries in 2014 involved distracted drivers. Those distractions included eating, smoking, adjusting the radio or air conditioning, or being “lost in thought/daydreaming.” This means in 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 injured in motor vehicle accidents stemming from poor or distracted driving habits.

woman driving car and looking at watch

A woman takes her eyes off the road and looks at her watch | iStock.com/dolgachov

If you remove focus from driving it could quickly become a potential distraction and increase your risk of an accident. If you take a look around at the people in rush hour traffic you will notice that an alarming amount of commuters are on their phones, fooling with the car’s touchscreen, yelling at the kids in the backseat, or eating something. All of these distractions have the potential to cause an accident.

While speeding and driving under the influence still are two of the most dangerous ways of operating a motor vehicle, there are plenty of other factors that can contribute to dangerous driving habits. Here are 11 things you should avoid doing while behind the wheel.

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