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Serving up Tickets: Worst Driving Etiquette on the Road

When zooming down the road, we often forget that little infractions, like speeding or texting while driving, can come back to bite us.

Distracted driving is a major safety issue. In 2012, over 3,000 people were killed because of distracted driving. That's four times the number of people who died in plane crashes the same year.

Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road when texting. At 55mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field blindfolded. Fines for texting while driving vary in every state. California serves out the lowest ticket at $20 while Alaska gives texting violators a $10K fine and one year in jail.

But the number ones safety concern of Americans isn't distracted driving, it's road rage and aggressive driving.

In the U.S., aggressive driving kills or injures an average 1500 people each year.

Road rage occurs when a driver or passenger loses emotional control because of an incident on the roadway and tries to harm another driver or passenger.

We feel protected in our metal vehicles and sometimes do things we otherwise wouldn't, like erratic lane changing or speeding by to flip off the other driver. If a driver ticks us off, we feel like we have the right to punish them. But it's not our job to punish people who don't follow the rules, even the unspoken rules of the road. Road rage could result in a ticket or worse an accident.

That's why it's important to mind your manners and abide by these unspoken rules of the road.

Worst Driving Etiquette

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