New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests poor driving habits have become widespread on roads across the country. According to the research, 87 percent of motorists are guilty of at least one bad driving habit within the past 30 days.
People are driving while texting, drowsy, distracted, speeding, not wearing seatbelts, impaired by alcohol or running red lights.
So why are more drivers than ever not caring about personal safety or the safety of others? AAA claims a ‘culture of indifference’ is to blame. Motorists do not believe car accidents will happen to them, or they assume they are better drivers than everyone else. Despite one in three drivers surveyed by AAA claiming they have had friends or relatives involved in car accidents, they still continue to take enormous risks while driving.
AAA’s study listed mobile phone use as the worst offender, with 70 percent of those surveyed claiming they have taken calls while driving within the past 30 days. Another 32 percent admitted to sending text messages or typing while driving. The second worst offender was speeding, with 48 percent of participants claiming they had travelled at least 15 mph over the speed limit within the last 30 days. So there you have it, a majority of drivers have admitted to speeding and distracted driving, an awful and dangerous combination.
Why You Can’t Get Away with Bad Driving Habits Anymore
Drivers who are texting may be unaware, but phones keep detailed records of usage. Logs can be used to show when text messages were made, when apps were used and other relevant data during civil lawsuits. Phones and many new vehicles also have GPS information that can be used in conjunction with other evidence to prove who was at fault for car accidents.