Everyone who is issued a driver’s license is required to follow the rules of the road. This means paying attention at all times and not being negligent behind the wheel. However, there are many drivers who break the law anyway. The following actions are considered negligent driving:
An increase in smartphones over the years has resulted in more people using them while driving. A Pew Research report showed that 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone, a 35 percent increase from 2011. When people use their phones while driving, they take their eyes off the road and are distracted, increasing the odds of an accident.
Eating and Drinking
Just about everyone is guilty of taking a hand off the wheel once in a while to eat some food. While it is a common action, it is still negligent driving. Studies show that eating and drinking while driving is just as deadly as texting and driving.
There are many people who attempt to multitask behind the wheel when they are in a rush to where they need to be. This can include putting on makeup or checking their teeth in the rearview mirror. While it may seem harmless, these actions require taking their eyes off the road, putting themselves and others in danger of a collision.
Talking to Passengers
It’s hard not to engage in conversation with passengers that are in the car while driving. However, it is still a distraction. Federal data shows that over half of distracted driving accidents occur because the driver was engaging with passengers.
Using a GPS
Almost everyone uses some form of navigation today. While they are common and useful, they are also a distraction. This is because it involves the driver taking their eyes off the road even for a second, which is how long it takes for an accident to happen.
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