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The 10 Most Commonly Broken Driving Laws

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L. Cargill, Medical Laboratory Scientist, ASCP. Retired blood banker and laboratorian. Loves to write about a wide range of subjects. Enjoy!

Funniest Driving Mistakes Video Ever!

Top 10 Most Commonly Broken Driving Laws

If your side is still splitting after watching that video, you may want to read this article. There is certainly more driving laws that are broken daily than I have listed here, but this is the top ten most common driving laws that bad drivers break daily.

Getting your learner's permit for driving takes practice and study. You do not want to break even one minor motor vehicle driving law while taking your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driving test. They will flunk you if you fail to fasten your seat belt. Surprisingly, some people forget to do this.

During your driver education and DMV test, you are required to be on your best driving behavior. Don't throw all of those valuable driving skills away as soon as you pass your driving test though. You are going to need to stay focused and alert throughout your driving life.

1. Seat Belts, Child Restraints, Loose Objects in Cars

There is no valid excuse for not wearing a seat belt in today's cars. Tests show that wearing seat belts save thousands of lives.

Did you know that restraints save thousands of children yearly? If you cannot afford a proper child restraint system, look for good used car seats at GoodWill, Craigslist or FreeCycle. You use them until your child no longer needs them or moves up to a larger size. Pay it forward when your child grows out the seat.

Other important items to restrain are loose packages, pets, heavy items and anything else that might go flying around in a car during an accident.

Texas sends out the message daily: "Click it or Ticket." This means that you will get an expensive paper reminder if you fail to buckle up.

Texting While Driving

Danger for all! Don't text or otherwise get distracted while driving. It's against the law.

Danger for all! Don't text or otherwise get distracted while driving. It's against the law.

2. Driving Distracted

The odds of a collision and death are 23 times higher for distracted drivers. Sixty percent of student drivers today admit to texting and driving. Distractions include, but are not limited to:

  • Texting and driving
  • Talking on the phone while driving
  • Eating or drinking while driving
  • Singing or listening to music while driving
  • Trying to put on makeup or shaving while driving
  • Trying to retrieve something that fell - pull over to look for it!
  • Rubbernecking is a big distraction (focus on the road)
  • Trying to read a map, newspaper or book while driving

Children and adult passengers in your car are a huge distraction. You must learn to ignore distractions when you are playing chauffeur.

3. Mechanical Problems With Your Car

Inspection stickers are required for all vehicles on the road today. The reason for this is to save lives. If your car has faulty brakes, worn out windshield wipers, broken tail lights or other mechanical problems, you will be more likely to have an accident.

Police are not trying to hassle you when they pull you over for a broken headlight or other faulty problem with your car; they are trying to save lives, one of which may be your own.

4. Illegal Maneuvers in a Motor Vehicle

Inexperienced drivers and stressed out drivers seem to enjoy making illegal U-turns, running stop signs, failure to yield to others and something called a "burn out." They like to show off. They enjoy pushing a 2,000-pound automobile to its limits.

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5. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs

How many times have you heard the warning, "Don't Drink and Drive!"

According to Drunk Driving Facts - Drunk Driving Statistics, nearly HALF of all driving fatalities have alcohol-related factors. Every two minutes on the clock means that a person is seriously injured because of a driver under the influence of alcohol. Per year there are 16,000 deaths related to drunk driving. If 16,000 people per year were dying of a communicable disease like AIDS, we would rally around and put a stop to it.

Why are people still doing this? It's apparent that drinking and driving is incredibly dangerous to your health and others.

I would be willing to bet that this driver broke more than a few driving laws!

I would be willing to bet that this driver broke more than a few driving laws!

6. Vehicle Accidents

Should you have a serious accident or witness one, you are required to stop and render aid or provide testimony as to details.

How many fatal hit and run accidents are there daily? California reports say that there are nearly 300 people hit and killed annually by drivers who leave the scene. California has a hit and run crisis on their hands that they say may be cultural in origin.

People fear what may happen to them if they are caught. They don't seem to take responsibility for their actions anymore. Undocumented and unlicensed drivers are the biggest culprits in these cases.

7. Local Laws and Curfews

Sometimes we are not even aware of local laws and curfews. We break these driving laws because they are not widely publicized.

Sometimes is seems like local authorities may be setting up local speed trap areas and hope that no one is aware of them. The only thing to do is to familiarize yourself with varying conditions of the locales you are planning to drive through.

8. No Driver's License, No Auto Insurance

Have you ever driven illegally with an expired driver's license? Have you driven without insurance? These two things happen more frequently than is known about. Responsible people will always keep a current driver's license and current insurance, but there are times when even the best of us have temporary lapses.

9. Right of Way Errors

Just about everyone has approached a four-way stop intersection and wondered who goes first. Like this scenario, there are hundreds of times while driving that a right of way is in question. What to do?

Well, my suggestion is to always drive defensively. If the other person wants to go first, let him! Smile and wave. Never fight over such minor things as whether you have the right of way. You don't want your tombstone to say, "I was right, but it killed me."

Breaking the Right of Way Driving Laws

Which way do I go? Who had the right of way?

Which way do I go? Who had the right of way?

10. Driving for Conditions

This is my favorite of "stupid car tricks." There are times when even Texas gets a little bit of ice on the road. These days mean well over 500 wrecks for the police to deal with. Sometimes there are hundreds of wrecks just because it rains.

Even bright sunshine can cause distracting flares and cause accidents. There are actually driving laws on the books that instruct drivers to drive for conditions of the road. If you speed during bad weather, even if you are legally under the regularly posted speed limit, you could be breaking a driving law.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Lela

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