7 Bad Habits While Driving

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Nowadays, driving is becoming an indispensable skill. For the first time drivers, the experience can be harrowing. Nervousness and anxieties can overpower the driver. But when one becomes more confident in driving, the skill becomes second nature. Although confidence in driving is important, having too much of this can also be detrimental. Many drivers take for granted the basic safety considerations because of the overconfidence – and to a certain degree stupidity. Driving safely goes beyond knowing how to drive.

1. Drinking and driving

This is without question this is an awful combination. Information campaigns and legislation have been mad but unfortunately, many still don’t take heed. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as much as 1.4 million drivers were arrested for drinking and driving in 2010. Moreover, According to the national highway traffic Safety Administration 28% of drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2010 had blood alcohol level of at least 0.08.

2. Texting while driving

SMS has made communication easier. However, it can be fatal when combined with driving. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation as much as 1.6 million accidents can be traced back to texting while driving. In addition, a research done by the Virginia Tech Driving Institute shows that individuals who text while driving have 23% higher risk of accidents.

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3. Eating while driving

Multitasking is a common buzzword in the business community. However, not all multi-tasking is good for you. One example is eating while driving. This reduces your concentration and worse, it takes your hands off the wheel unnecessarily. Although many cars are equipped with storage features like cup holders and some other compartments, eating while driving just puts you at risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that eating while driving increases your risk for accidents by 80%. Likewise, 65% of near misses are due to distracted driving caused by food and drinks. Here’s an alarming after thought – this is higher than texting while driving!

4. Putting on makeup while driving

It’s always best to look good. But not in the expense of your safety and the safety of others! Even if you put make up during stops, this does not guarantee safe driving. Anything that will distract you from driving is not a good idea – unless of course you want to look good in an accident.

5. Bedroom stuff while driving

There are some who like adventure and thrill. Doing it in the car while driving is not safe – even if you’re wearing protection! Being part of the 60mph club can be a thrill but can end with a literal bang. The thrill of fooling around while driving is just not worth the risk. Get a room.

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Texting While Driving Is as Worse as Drinking and Driving - A must read for parents with teen drivers

6. Arguing and fighting while driving

Distractions come from many sources. Sometimes heightened emotions can be enough to take your mind off the road. One’s mental state while driving is very important. Reaction times can drastically slow down when one is not in the right frame of mind. Keeping one’s coo while behind the wheel is important. So choose where you will do your battles.

7. Sleeping while driving

For obvious reasons, this is a deadly combination. A research conducted by an online car insurance company revealed that 5% of drivers admit to have fallen asleep or dozed off while driving. The first sign of drowsiness must never be taken lightly. If you need to pull over and get a quick shut eye then do so.

Distracted driving is a recipe for disaster. Responsible driving means keeping your focus on the task at hand – and that’s driving. Even if driving is second nature to you, prudence is always a safer course of action. Over confidence can result to accidents and deaths.

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  1. What distracts you the most while driving?
  2. What risky behaviors do you do while driving?

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unknown spy profile image

unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

You are very correct on those bad habits. We must always abide the rules of the road and focus our concentration. Innocents people were killed everyday because of these bad habits and reckless driving.

shared.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi M, The truth is i don't like driving because I fear for my safety and the safety of the people with me in the car. Even if I do everything to be safe, i can't guarantee the habits of other drivers. Many drivers of public transport in the Philippines are just rude and obnoxious.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

i will try to correct all seven, otherwise i may be in trouble, thanks , for right time posting of your hub, useful.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Very useful!


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petenali 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

People simply do not realize that whenever they drive they are being trusted with the control of an lethal weapon. If a car hits a pedestrian at 80 mph, that pedestrian is going to be killed - hence "lethal". People are highly trained to wield killing devices in other areas of life and have to concentrate fixedly whenever they use them. A vehicle is no different.

Best quote on the subject I heard was, "Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you'd like to meet Him!"


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GiblinGirl 4 years ago from New Jersey

It's amazing how many people I see performing the bad habits you've listed - like applying make-up or eating. I once saw a woman with a cigarette in one hand and her cell phone in the other - she was pretty much driving with her elbows. Needless to say, I steered clear of her.


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mmsu 4 years ago from Pakistan

Honestly,really liked reading this hub.Very well written.

Well I text a lot while driving..although lately trying to avoid it as much as i can.


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Interesting and Useful!!!! I don't think many people in my area realize the danger they put themselves in along with others by doing the same things on your list!!! Well done!!!


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letswriting 4 years ago

8. calling (without headsets) while driving


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Very important Hub. Texting while driving is definitely worse because more focus is needed for typing letters. I hope people take your Hub seriously because when innocent people die - all the person driving can say is: "I'm sorry" and they also have to live with the guilt forever.

Rated up as usual.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello girishpuri,

There's no better time to startt changing than now. remember that it's not just your safety that is at stake. People around you are affected by the way you drive.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi ignugent17,

I'm glad you found this useful. Let's just hope more people learn the right driving behaviors and become safer behind the wheel.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there petenali,

True, cars are lethal weapons. I also live the quote. :)


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello GiblinGirl,

It's just annoying when you try to be saf but others don't. I hope she did not get into an accident.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi mmsu,

Thank you for the kind words. Texting is so convenient. But it can take your focus away from driving properly.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello Patty Kenyon,

many people do not realize the danger until it's too late. Bad habits while driving becomes important to someone only when something really bad happens. this does not include near misses or fender benders. I think it has to be really tragic before people change their driving habits.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello letswriting,

Yes, that's a bad habit while driving as well. :)


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Lady_E,

I don't think sorry is enough when you kill someone. Being a responsible driver is needed.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, I think its the ones that use cell phones that drive me mad! I nearly got run over by a woman who was so busy texting that she totally missed the stop sign for us to cross! these habits should be all banned, great hub, cheers nell


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Nell,

I'm with you on that. No matter how careful you try to be, others may not be as considerate and as responsible.


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Redberry Sky 4 years ago

I don't drive (I know, I know, join the 21st century already!) and I see so many of the things you list that I'm not sure I want to - the worst was a young woman who just stopped her car in the middle of a busy road and started to put make up on! I guess it was a mercy she stopped first, but there was plenty of screeching tyres and horn-tooting. I think maybe some people are just living in a dream world where they think no one else exists!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

well said indeed.

The other day I saw a person reading a magazine while driving...ridiculous!!

voted up as useful


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello there Redberry Sky,

I know how to drive but I don't like driving. I see these thing on the list often and that scares me.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Ruchira,

That;s a very sisky behavior behind the wheel. Good thing no one got hurt.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Inconsiderate behavior while driving is the worse. But my problems mainly have to do with those who drink and drive as well as those who text and drive. I think Whoopi Goldberg said it best, the first time someone violates the drinking/driving laws they need to just have their car revoked until they learn their lesson. Excellent hub!


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello Alecia Murphy,

It's not enough that we try to be safe. We have to advocate safety and preach it everywhere. Just a few days ago i saw a school bus driver texting while driving. What worse is that there are students on board. Thanks for sharing your views on the matter.


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Madurai Mayur 4 years ago from Madurai, India

Thank you for this excellent Hub. Here's a request, Please do a Hub on 'Road Rage' and how to deal with it if I become a victim.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello Madurai Mayur,

Thanks for the positive comment. Road rage is an important topic to cover. I'll see what I can do.


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sassymomonthego 4 years ago from Philippines

I was guilty on #3, but I already broke that habit long time ago.It's important that we are focused on driving, especially in Manila where driving is a real challenge.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi sassymomonthego,

Since I wrote this hub I became more aware of the bad things I did. I drive along Commonwealth Ave. which is one of the most dangerous roads in Quezon City. A few micro seconds of inattention can cause trouble.


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nenytridiana 4 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

Risky behavior my husband does while driving is babysitting my 20 months daughter. He put my baby on his laps while driving. Fortunately we don't have car, so he did it sometimes when we rent one.

You may add one of this dangerous habit to this hub. :)

Thank you for sharing jpcmc!


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

That's dangerous nenytridiana. I usually let my 1 year old daughter sit on my lap while I'm behind the wheel only if we are parked and the engine is not running.


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sassymomonthego 4 years ago from Philippines

That's true, many of road accidents in metro manila happened at Commonwealth Ave. I remember the first time I drove there when we went to La Mesa, EcoPark, you can imagine how nervous I was, since my dad told me it was a killer road. I hope drivers would have the sense to be considerate of other drivers.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

People don't understand that a vehicle is a weapon. Would a woman point a loaded gun to her head while at the same time applying her last-minute morning makeup? I don't think so.

Great hub on the dangers of distracted driving!


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi sassymomonthego,

Apart from the drivers some pedestrians lack the sense of using footbridges to cross the 8-lane road with vehicles travelling at 69 km/h. What's intriguing is that they cross right underneath the footbridges for pedestrians.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello HubTub,

The dangers of distracted drivng is real. but many just don't seem to understand the seriousness of the matter. Thanks for stopping by and sharing. Btw, nice analogy with the makeup and loaded gun. :)


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I don't approve of lighting a cigarette while driving also dangerous


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi DDE,

Drivers must focus on driving. Any source of distraction must be eliminated.


F.Cabral 4 years ago

Once when I was driving in near the beaches of California for the first time, All those gorgeous girls just overwhelmed my senses. I did not even know the light turned green. Got a ticket. Damn those gorgeous blondes.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello F.Cabral,

Yes, beautiful girls can be distracting. As much as you want to keep your eye on the road, it's just hard. But do drive safely next time. :)


Reine 4 years ago

I like #5. Better pull over first before you do anything like this. From pleasure to disaster in an instant.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello again Reine,

Yes, that would be a bad way to go.


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SUPERFLY831 4 years ago from salinas ca

my bad driving habit is speeding.i don't know why i always do it.i know its unsafe,yet i can't stop.driving the speed limit just bores me.but i'm working on going the speed limit on my way to work.which is easy because there is always hella traffic


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi SUPERFLY831,

Let's just hope that you don't get into any accident while you transition into a speed-abiding driver. :) Don't forget to buckle up.


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GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

This is a good article on the safety of driving . As what bad habits do i have it would have to be the multi tasking and kids distracting me. I to speed but not to much over the postings. I have at one time or another done all of these things behind the wheel. Voted up!!


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi GlstngRosePetals,

Many of us get distracted while driving. The most important thing to do is minimize it. Thanks for sharing. the vote up is also appreciated. See you around.


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writerscentro 4 years ago from India

This is a good article on the safety of driving .I think these are the tips that people do while driving. We must always abide the rules of the road and focus our concentration, but there are few points also that can create nuisance while driving..

1-Turning around to talk to passengers or yell at kids .

2-Scrounging for things in the backseat .


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi writerscentro,

Thanks for the additional tips. They can really redirect the driver's attention. Once distracted, who knows what accident is waiting. I appreciate your comments. See you around.


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Anjo Bacarisas II 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

Those are distractors that can cause serious consequences. Text messages and phone conversations are the most distracting stimulus that can result to accidents.


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owhorspecial 4 years ago from Nigeria.

Most of these habits are caused by impatience, because most drivers don't want to wait still they get out of the vehicle before they do something else ... Yes, very informative hub and I thought it was funny too.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

That's right Anjo Bacarisas II. We must elimnate distractions as much as possible when we drive. But all drivers know that we get distracted from time to time. :)


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there owhorspecial,

I'm glad you found it informative. I hope you help me spread the word and reduce accidents and fatalities because of distracted driving.


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sammyp99 4 years ago from Dallas, TX

Not sure these are all habits per se but I have to admit I've done a couple of them above. I didn't feel unsafe while doing them but I can see how they can cause or add to an accident.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi sammyp99 ,

Any distraction can be unsafe while driving. Let's just hope you don't get into an accident. Keep safe my friend.


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PaoloJpm 3 years ago from Philippine

I made a hub like this one, and people must avoid doing those things cause who knows what happen in a blink of an eye.


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jpcmc 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello PaoloJpm,

I totally agree. It takes a fraction of a second to create a disaster. Proper driving behaviors and habits should be practiced.


Austin E Lucas 2 years ago

Hi, Thanks for posting this. I hadn't thought of numbers 3 through 6 as much as the other three. If you see someone doing something stupid like that, Stay well away and if they're willing to listen and increase in learning, correct them. Otherwise, they'll just be pissed at you because "LOL ima grate dryver!" *wrecks onto the curb while Texting* "Dumb curb!" (Sad.)

Is it just me, or is it that the safer cars get the more fools are on the road? My Dad has been telling me that years ago, truck drivers were the most courteous drivers on the road. But now try finding one! If you do, you got yourself a gem of a driver. I should really talk to my grandfather about this, since he (Born in the late 1920s) drove truck for a very long time - Much more than many other drivers - And saw stuff that I don't even know of. He drove in the 1950s-2000s and probably put on over a million miles driving. I'm not bragging here, I'm realizing that Pap could tell me a great deal back when Semis didn't even have Seat-Belts.


Austin E Lucas 2 years ago

Hey, In addition to my previous comment I'd like to point out that there are a bunch of Public Domain Driver's Education Films from the 1930s-1970s that you can watch for free online; Just Google search "Public Domain Driver's Education Films" and you'll find them. Most of the ones I've seen so far are from America, though they're still valuable even after all the safety features have been added to cars.

Here are the names of two of the films:

Signal 30 (1959)

Wheels of Tragedy (1963)

FYI, The latter one has a fake scream in it when a guy (or corpse, if that's the case) is moved.


Austin E Lucas 2 years ago

One more thing! If you drop a CD or something on the floor, Leave it! And don't let something sticky get behind the gas pedal or something hard get behind the brake! (Such as groceries falling.) The consequences can be disastrous!


Austin E Lucas 2 years ago

... Per the previous comment, "If you drop a CD or something on the floor, Leave it!" I mean if you're driving then leave it on the floor while driving. I heard of someone who dropped a CD, went to pick it up and crashed; He ended up decapitated. Are you receiving me? Is there anyone on the line?


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

HI there Austin E Lucas, I apologize for the late reply. I had to g off line for a couple of hours. I appreciate the time you took in visiting. Thanks for sharing all these stuff especially the resources on driving.

Earlier today I had one of the worse drives because of an armored van who tried to bully me on the street. He drove so close that I had to stop and just let him pass. some drivers are really immature. They make the streets scary.


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AliciaC 15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

You've shared some excellent advice in this hub. Thanks for raising awareness about a very important topic.


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jpcmc 15 months ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there AliciaC,

Many still forget to do the right things. And often,p this can be disastrous. Be safe always my friend.


Jelena 13 months ago

Great post! Many people get distracted on the road with those things, unfortunately..

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