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The 10 Most Commonly Broken Driving Laws


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 hub. 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.

The fun stops when someone is hurt.

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


Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on September 24, 2018:

Sorry Anthony, ad links are not allowed in comments.

Anthony Donnelly on September 24, 2018:

It's amazing for me that people do not follow these rules. Do they all think that nothing can happen to them? Perhaps you are a good driver, but for the rest we can not vouch. The rules were not created in vain and therefore they must be observed, this is all for your own sake. You can even read an essay https://paperswizard.com/buy-cheap-essay about how important it is to follow all the rules while driving a car. Take care of yourself and your life.

M. on November 02, 2017:

30,000 accidents in 2012 is 82 per day, not “a thousand”.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on May 18, 2016:

Well, you must know yourself best, then! Take some driving couses!

dick dick on May 18, 2016:

i should stop driving for the sake of others

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 20, 2015:

Great hub Lela on broken driving laws and how to prevent from breaking them. Voted up for useful!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on April 16, 2015:

They did away with car inspections? That's a terrible idea!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on April 16, 2015:

Your HOTD was just great, especially that video! I did not do well on your quiz, though.

At one time we Florida drivers had to have our cars inspected, but now that has been done away with. Too bad...I thought it was a great idea.

The drivers here are just the worse! Most of our senior citizens don't hear or see very well, and I stay far away from them.

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on December 22, 2013:

johnginzburg - driving under the influence of any drug is not safe, but you are right, alcohol is the most common and the most dangerous.

John Ginzburg from Tel aviv and New York on December 22, 2013:

Of all offenses you described, DUI is the most severe and maybe the most common. For example, in 2012 there, 14,991 DUI arrests in Alabama. In Arizona there were 39,746. In Florida, the number was 61,852 . These are very concerning figures.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on April 29, 2013:

Mattie, I guess people shouldn't follow too close then. They might get a ticket for poor driving or worse, get in an accident. If it were up to me, I would throw tailgaiters in jail.

Tom, it never ceases to amaze that people think they can drive the same exact speed as they do when weather/road conditions are good - as they can when ice is across the same road.

We had one ice storm here in Austin that produced over 500 accidents in one morning!

Failure to control your vehicle is what causes death and damage. Learn to use this incredible machine!

Tom Schumacher from Huntington Beach, CA on April 28, 2013:

Apparently "Driving for Conditions" laws is something most people fail to consider. Too often I have witnessed drivers operate their vehicles in unsafe manners relative to weather conditions - rain, wind, fog, and snow being the most common situations. Excessive rates of speed, following too closely, not signaling for lane changes, etc. Good hub! Voted up for useful and a helpful reminder.

Mattie Mae on March 04, 2013:

In South Carolina, and I'm sure most states, cops can give out tickets for following too close and reckless driving. Accidents have actually gone down in South Carolina because of the amount of tickets cops write for following too close.

Great hub, by the way, funny and informative!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on March 03, 2013:

It's the funniest video I think I've ever seen! Thanks for visiting.

Jane Katigbak from Philippines on March 03, 2013:

I really enjoyed the video. lol. Voted up!

CarNoobz from USA on February 04, 2013:

I think I broke all of 'em. LOL

Voted up and interesting.

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on February 01, 2013:

Yes, my eyes are still splitting after watching the video! The last parking stunt was amazing. Thanks for the list, it was very interesting to read.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on December 03, 2012:

Paul, if the driver in the inside lane is doing the speed limit or better, then the drivers behind him/her should not be trying to pass just because they are driving 90 mph. That irks me on the freeway. On four lane roads, the inside lane driver going too slow for someone may actually save a life.

The speed limits are there for a reason. The inside lane is not just for passing (although it should be). We need to learn to share the road and drive defensively as you know. And I'm all about driving education!



Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on December 03, 2012:

Austin Star, this is a very interesting and useful hub. I was fortunate to have a great teacher who taught me defensive driving in high school when I was 15. One of my biggest pet peeves is drivers who drive too slowly or position themselves in the passing lane when they should be in slower lanes to the right. I also hate aggressive drivers who are all over the road in trying to pass people. Voted up and sharing.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 05, 2012:

It was fun to write. I could not resist the video.

Horatio Plot from Bedfordshire, England. on November 05, 2012:

Interesting little hub AS, and a very, very funny video.

Bev G from Wales, UK on November 04, 2012:

Fun and informative hub. 80% and I drive in the UK. It's against the law to eat, text or use a cell phone without a hands-free connection.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 03, 2012:

That is a funny video! I loved it and knew I had to put it in this hub. I hope your son learns to drive well and NO TEXTING! It's ok to pull off to the side of the road out of harm's way and then text, but not while the car is moving. Thank you. The life you save may be mine :-)

summerberrie on November 03, 2012:

It was too hard to read the article after watching the video, however, once I calmed down from laughing I read it -son just got drivers license so wanted to be able to share with him- great hub!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 01, 2012:

Well, the average score for 36 quiz takers is 64%. So I would say you need some remedial driving classes, LOL

Simon Cook from NJ, USA on November 01, 2012:

UMMMMM - is 50% good or bad! Great and informative hub!!!

Shasta Matova from USA on October 31, 2012:

This great hub lets us laugh at ourselves and others and makes it easy to digest the ways we should be more careful when driving. Voted up.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 15, 2012:

Great set of pointers. The video is a laugh riot, at others' expense though.

Voted up.

paypalku from Yogyakarta on September 06, 2012:

Traffic accidents sometimes not from our mistakes. But from the other driver's carelessness. I never had an accident caused by someone else. At that time I was hit from behind. Thus, awareness of the driving is very important for everyone.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on September 05, 2012:

Every time you drive a car it is an accident waiting to happen. More people die from car accidents than you would think. One mistake and it's all over for someone, and that someone could be yourself.

Driving requires a set of skills that many people do not possess. It is sad, but I do see a trend toward safer driving today. It's just that there are so very many bad drivers still around.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on September 05, 2012:

About a month after I got my liscense I was driving not for the weather... well, I wasn't driving well for any weather. But needless to say, I had the needle buried and it was downpouring. I was going so fast that the cop was doing over 100 to catch me (my car only went to 85 MPH) I was hydroplaning and the reality is, if I would have just moved a little wrong, I probably wouldn't be hear today. I ended up going to court to fight for my driver's license. Had to get a lawyer and pay a very expensive fine. I would like to say that because of that I have become a better driver. I got a few speeding tickets in my younger days but I usually try to not drive distracted. Great hub - people need to realize that driving is dangerous!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on September 03, 2012:

I have no idea why texting became so popular among students. In one way, it kind of helps them to learn how to read, and in another way it helps reduce overpopulation. (Yes, I know that is a rude way to look at it).

The thing is that these people are texting stuff like "where r u?', "Was up?" and the ever popular, "Wat u want?" or some such nonsense. Certainly nothing worth dying for or killing others over.

We not only need to take away their phones, we need to take away their cars!

Karen from The Garden of Eugene (Oregon) on September 03, 2012:

Oh Wow! My guess is someone forgot to use their parking break and there was a little hill... car rolled over the edge. I saw one like that at a rest area. Driver goes in to use the bathroom and comes out to find his truck parked on top of a picnic table instead of where he left it.

I see tons of people texting while merging onto the freeway too. Timing is everything and turning corners and merging are bad times to be distracted. One lady got on the freeway (almost under my trailer) and then went on to hit both shoulders in the next 2 miles. Must have been a really important message...

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 30, 2012:

Oh, mj, don't even get me started on foreign drivers! I've driven in Mexico and I know the only rule there is to honk first and then drive like a bat out of hell.

I know that other countries have driving laws, but they sure don't seem to follow them.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

mjkearn on August 30, 2012:

Hi Austinstar,

Congrats on HOTD and your Apprenticeship. Thoroughly enjoyed this hub and your choice of video is sensational. Could watch all day long.

Having driven all over the world in cars and on bikes the worst place I've encoutered is Naples. I would say they are the worst rule breakers on the planet and before Naples I'd have given that title to India. I've since discovered that in reference to Naples there is only one rule, "who dares wins", well worth remembering when in your hire car.

Fab hub, voted up and the rest,


Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 29, 2012:

Yahoo News just came out with a list of the worst cities to drive in. Apparently coastal cities are the worst. Especially in Florida where there are a lot of retirees. Let's all be careful out there.

talfonso from Tampa Bay, FL on August 29, 2012:

I love this Hub! This is something that should be passed on to a lot of crazy drivers out there. Even in states with the most careful drivers they are so present!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 29, 2012:

Thanks Cogerson, and if I'm being honest, I didn't do too well on the quiz either. But I'm promising myself that I will do better going forward and reverse from now on.

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on August 29, 2012:

Great video....great hub....with lots of great information...sadly I did horrible on the attached quiz....but I promise I will do better in the future. Congrats on your Hub of the Day selection....voted up and awesome.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 25, 2012:

Mark my words, you will see computerized driving within the next 20 years. It is in the research stage and quickly moving to production in many areas of industry. Robots will eventually take over and protect us from ourselves.

A computer is only as good as the human who programs it, computers don't make the errors, the programmers do. Then they fix them.

lauramaryscott from Boise, Idaho on August 25, 2012:

Austinstar, please do not believe computerized driving is the answer. Computer do NOT think, people do. Yes, it is true, we all think and react a little differently but that is to be expected. It is my understanding computerized driving technology has been installed on some commercial vehicles only to be uninstalled because it caused accidents or near-accidents. Computer can do lots of wonderful things but they do not reason and they cannot think.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 25, 2012:

As I watch the news and see all the coverage on street shootings or small natural disasters, I never see anyone lobbying to take away the biggest killer of all - cars.

I don't know a way of making a human driver safer except to lobby for computerized driving. It's possible in today's world. Why don't we have cars that drive themselves by now?

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on August 24, 2012:

No worries, Austinstar...I have nothing further I can say on the matter and still remain civil....

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 24, 2012:

Oh no! Not DEATH DRIVING! Teach them young for sure.

Hi Rebecca, I really like having a phone with me when I drive, but I can't imagine why I would want to text/talk and drive. Just like speeding, I can wait until I get there (wherever I'm going) in order to arrive safely. Seriously, phones should have a texting detection lock out while driving. And phones should go to voice mail. Good grief, nothing is more important than driving while driving.

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on August 24, 2012:


Congrats on the HOTD!! Soooo...yeah...I've been known to break the OCCASIONAL traffic law. Of your list here, my most egregious violation would have been reading while driving. This happened (more than once) when I was in college and I was reading EVERYWHERE! I have since stopped that practice.

In terms of the younger generation, my roommates 5-year old asked me if I texted/talked on the phone while driving and I said no. He said, "Good...because that's death driving." Death driving? lol.

Again, congrats!


Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 24, 2012:

I like how well you covered distracted driving. There are bunches of ways to be distracted while driving beyond the obvious texting and talking on cell phones. Awesome Hub, congrats!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 24, 2012:

Hi J.S. - I could have done so much with that quiz! I think they're fun. I try to make them easy/hard and make you think.

KK and Dzy, I hope we don't get into a case of road rage! :-) I can yell better than both of you - especially if it's on HubPages.

prarieprincess - We have those shows too. It's funny, yet tragic.

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on August 24, 2012:

I am still smiling after the video and I also got a kick out of the quiz. I got a 60! You offer some really great information about common sense driving. Congratulations on the Hub of the Day! Voted up and shared.


Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on August 24, 2012:

@ kathleenkat--I was making a general point, regardless of the specifics--the point is, PAY ATTENTION to your driving, and if not willing to do so, don't drive, and put others on the road at risk. And yes, I can honestly say I've never driven after drinking, for example; I don't even own a cell phone...not one that is glued to me, anyway--all it does is make phone calls, and it's for emergencies! And, BTW, driving a stick shift is not a 'distraction.' I learned to drive on a stick, and it becomes second nature. The issue is not a momentary removal of one hand from the wheel; it's about a momentary (or longer) failure to pay strict attention to the driving task, acknowledging and accepting responsibility for the fact that you are essentially manipulated a potentially lethal weapon. My original remarks stand.

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on August 24, 2012:

Great hub! My husband would love this because he complains a lot about distracted drivers. That drives me him mad! Congratulations on hub of the day. Well deserved.

By the way, we have a show in Canada called "Canada's Worst Driver." It's hilarious and this video reminded me of it.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 24, 2012:

Four ways and those endless traffic circles! What to do, what to do?

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on August 24, 2012:

Congrats on hub of the day. Definitely a worthwhile topic. I just did an article about the dangers that distracted drivers pose to motorcycle riders. Especially those who are texting and driving. I know people are attached to their phones, but it is starting to get ridiculous. Love your advice about four-ways. I think OK has more four-ways than any other state. (seems that way) Sadly, the worst offenders at four-ways here are police cars. Great hub!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 24, 2012:

kk - Sheesh, please get a chauffeur or something.

RealH - yes indeedy, people are idiots out there. You will probably notice some creative driving while we are in Mexico, though. I've been told never to drive at night in Mexico because people are too polite to shine their headlights in your eyes.

Dzy- Half of all drivers in the world are below average in car driving capabilities. That's a scary thought.

Relationsipc - That's a mouthful! There are huge increases of hit and runs all along the Mexican border because they don't want to get caught. They are more afraid of being sent back to Mexico or spending time in a U.S. jail than trying to help someone they just tried to or did kill. It an epidemic.

Kari on August 24, 2012:

Wow, can't believe that there are that many hit and runs in California. That stat shocked me and made me a little sad at the same time. Not cool. I see people everyday doing stupid things in their car, and I always use caution and patience with them so that I don't end up paying for their stupidity.

kathleenkat from Bellingham, WA on August 24, 2012:


"Then you can text, talk on the phone, sight-see,"

Cool, I didn't mention any of these three things. I was listing things that I HAVE done, can you honestly say you have *never* done any of those things? Ever? Nobody is a perfect driver. Hah, I see police cars speeding all the time.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on August 24, 2012:

wow, *kathleenkat,* I sure hope you were being facetious. If not, remind me to stay far away from you while driving. "Sorry" is not acceptable. If you don't want to pay attention while driving, then park your car and take the bus! Then you can text, talk on the phone, sight-see, and whatever else you think is more important than paying attention to the task at hand, and all without putting THE REST OF US at risk!

Melvin Porter from New Jersey, USA on August 24, 2012:

Very good hub AustinStar. I really enjoyed the video. People are simply not thinking when they are driving. Voted up.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on August 24, 2012:

I was tailgating some stupid dude in front of me while I read this hub and during the video I missed the four way stop because the darn phone started ringing and I had to dig it out of my bag! I tell you people are idiots out there! hahaha

Hey word up! HOTD?!!! So awesome and I agree!!

kathleenkat from Bellingham, WA on August 24, 2012:

Well I am very guilty of speeding, my dashboard lights don't work (I drive as fast as the people in front of me at night), I definitely broke the under 18 curfew when I was a teen, I will drive if I've had only one drink, I have eaten a sandwich, not wear my prescription glasses, and I do check my phone often for traffic reports. And hey, you could argue that I am *always* distracted, even if I didn't do that stuff, because I drive a stick shift, and I can't always have both hands on the wheel. Cars are more than just point A to point B for most people, sorry.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 24, 2012:

The Katrina curfew would have affected everyone in the area.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on August 24, 2012:

Ohh--learner permit/new driver curfews..yes...but you specifically referenced Katrina, so I thought it was about such special circumstances as that...

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 24, 2012:

The curfew law was one I had heard about, but never experienced. Apparently in Texas there is a law for student drivers stating that they cannot drive at night or something like that.

Sorry guys, listening to loud music, drinking colas, talking on the phone, yelling at kids all count as distractions that make driving less safe.

Even keeping your eyes on the road, watching your mirrors and keeping both hands on the wheel at all times does not guaranty a safe driving experience. It helps you control your 2,000 pound metal projectile safer, but if everyone doesn't follow the rules, accidents will still happen.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on August 24, 2012:

Congrats on HOTD!!! Well done!

Some laws are universal, others are not. I guess TX has a vehicle inspection sticker requirement--CA does not, although you can be pulled over for such things as a broken taillight, receive a 'fix-it ticket,' and have to go to DMV after to prove the repair was done.

Also, your quiz question about 'curfews,' ... that was specific to TX...I've never run across any curfews here...not exactly where I live, although there could have been one in some areas after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake...I just did not live in the areas where that might have been the case.

And yeah, I used to yell at my kids...(but that was many moons ago)...but I never TURNED AROUND to look at/swat at them....I kept my eyes on the road...

Voted up interesting and useful.

securityproducts3 on August 24, 2012:

I am a student driver who used to NEVER text and drive, but in Austin, TX where I go to school they made it that you can't talk on the phone while driving either. This has been a major problem for me, and have since caught my self sending out texts while driving because it is easier to hide from the cops. I definitely understand the dangers of texting and driving, but don't really see them in talking on the phone and driving. Great hub though! congrats on HOTD!

Jamie Brock from Texas on August 24, 2012:

Congrats for winning HOTD! This is a wonderful hub and so glad you are bringing awareness to this growing problem.. A long time friend of mine's sister died a couple of years ago and it was determined she was texting when it happened. I felt horrified for my friend... I just can't imagine. I try to never text in the car. Wonderful hub, voting up and useful.

esterlina on August 24, 2012:

This is very helpful to all the drivers or driving car out there. Very informative

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 24, 2012:

That reminds me, I need to add this hub to my featured hubs. I think I'll put up my photo with the stars in my eyes!

Ruchira from United States on August 24, 2012:

Revisiting again to congratulate you on the HOTD :)

yeah...Austin..you are the star of the day!!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 24, 2012:

Well this is unexpected! Thanks to all at HP for choosing this hub as HOTD, I would like to imagine that a few people will read and learn more about driving. Traffic is getting unreal these days!

I have given up most of the bad habits described here, and I have been driving for well over 40 years.

If you give up just one bad habit, the life you save may be your own, or mine! :-)

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on August 24, 2012:

B-b-b-but, I LIKE to sing and and listen to loud music while driving. :D Okay, okay, I'll turn it down. Hehe. No, really, I've had so many people get mad at me b/c they wave and otherwise try to get my attention while driving, and I never see them because I'm so focused on the road. Fabulous hub of the day! Congratulations!

Tammy from North Carolina on August 24, 2012:

Hooray for you! I am glad to see this hub as a well deserved HOTD! Congratualtions!!

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on August 24, 2012:

Fantastic and very thorough hub! Congratulations on your well-deserved HOTD! Your photos and art are eye-grabbers, and you covered the most crucial points for drivers to follow.

whonunuwho from United States on August 24, 2012:

This is very informative and would be helpful for all drivers, especially new ones who are either about to get a license or have just started driving. Thanks for sharing this very valuable work.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 24, 2012:

THANK YOU for publishing this. Of course many who need to read it will not. To borrow a bit of a time worn expression, 'you are preaching to the choir.' However, may ONE person will read this and get a clue.

This is especially significant to me as I was involved in an accident last fall, the first one of my 49 years of driving. The other driver was a woman who came around the corner and was bending over to pick up her cell phone. Crash...she ran into my car, passenger side; my grandson had a concussion (HE is FINE now.) My car was totaled and I was one month away from having it paid off!!

Just an example of how distractions can equal danger and tragedy.

kelleyward on August 24, 2012:

Such an important topic for a hub. Thanks for writing this. Congrats on HOTD! Take care, Kelley

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 23, 2012:

It's getting to be that it's more rare to see a driver NOT talking on the phone (or texting). The police can't write tickets fast enough.

Tammy from North Carolina on August 23, 2012:

Very interesting and all so true. When I encounter a terrible driver that is going to slow or weaving around, it is usually someone texting or talking on the phone. There are so many terrible drivers every where! Great hub!

lauramaryscott from Boise, Idaho on August 20, 2012:

Austinstar, you are correct. I forgot to mention it. Sometimes I also park in a shady spot to eat my lunch. Sometimes I park on the street in front of someone's house and I get strange looks. Oh, well.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 20, 2012:

I have trained myself to pull into a "shady spot" after purchasing fast food if I will be eating it in the car. While eating, I watch the traffic show!

drbj, keep that ipad in its case until you get out of the car, please.

lauramaryscott from Boise, Idaho on August 20, 2012:

Oh, my goodness, AustinStar, the videos were funny. I must share them with my daughter. I eat while driving quite often but I take care of everything before I start driving so I can reach my French fries, drink, and napkin without having to look for them. I do not have a cell phone but I have been distracted by others in the car. You gave us some valuable things to think about. Thank you.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on August 20, 2012:

It wasn't easy to read your fascinating hub after that hilarious video, Lela, but I managed to do it on my iPad while driving. Heh, heh. :)

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 20, 2012:

I always wondered why the fast food restaurants give out those little packets of ketchup or hot sauce. There is absolutely no way to tear them open and spread the condiment on whatever it is that you are eating while driving. If you try, half will go in your lap, the other half all over your hands. None of it will wind up in the burger or taco.

mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on August 20, 2012:

Nice hub. I am still laughing from watching the video at the beginning. I stopped the vid, rewound - to watch the good samaritan park the vehicle for the one gal who took forever to try to park. Hilarious... except, of course, for the people IN that situation who were waiting for her to get parked. Good points on this hub. I'm glad for section 2 about distractions while driving. I don't drive anymore but as a pedestrian and sitting to wait at bus stops, I witness all manner of distracted drivers and, not surprisingly, more (absolutely preventable) accidents than most of my peers who don't take transit on a regular basis. One of the most common distractions I see: EATING while driving - even more than texting/cell phone use. Thanks for writing. Voted up! :)

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 20, 2012:

I think I would love living in Ireland. That might be the total opposite of living in Texas.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on August 19, 2012:

Buses, trains or mini cabs. Since I live in the centre of a small town, I can easily walk to most places for shopping etc. I did drive years ago, when I lived in Ireland. I don't really need to nowadays.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 19, 2012:

Hi Ruchira - There are even more laws that we need to follow attentively while driving. But one hub could never cover them all.

Hi Christopher - Do you walk or bicycle or scooter? I learned to drive when I was 12 years old. I can't imagine not driving. How do you get around? Taxis? Buses?

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on August 19, 2012:

I got 50%. It's just as well that I don't drive.

Ruchira from United States on August 18, 2012:

useful hub, austin.

All pointers are crucial for safe driving and you explained it well.

voted up as useful

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 18, 2012:

Billybuc - there are so many cars on the road today that I can hardly believe it. We moved to this rural area in Texas 20 years ago. There was only three red lights between here and downtown Austin. I can't even count how many there are now. Our neighbor county Williamson, is the fastest growing country in the country I think. It's going to get worse.

WillStarr - I often comment on how much my luxury car is more like my living room than a real car. But then I expect driverless cars to appear any day now what with gps navigation and auto everything. Personally, I thought that would happen long before now. IMO it can't happen soon enough.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on August 18, 2012:

I actually think distracted driving is even more dangerous that driving under the influence, and that includes fiddling with the new radio/satellite/cd/dvd/hard drive/navigation devices. I am guilty of that myself.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 18, 2012:

Very interesting hub my friend; I know it's not my imagination that today I see many more bad drivers than I did twenty years ago. Just today I must have seen ten infractions during a two hour drive.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 18, 2012:

Will - As it is in Texas also. Plus in Mexico, I learned that leaving the scene is accepted behavior as the Napoleonic Code states that you must prove you are innocent of any crime. You are considered guilty and arrested. Then you have to hire a lawyer to prove you are not guilty. You stay in la carcel until innocence is proven. So even bystanders will flee the scene of any crime in Mexico.

MarleneB - I know! I about rolled on the floor laughing literally. At first I wasn't going to watch it because I thought it was sexist, but then I just had to.

Alicia - My husband hates it when I glance at houses or buildings, he says I must keep my eyes on the road!

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on August 18, 2012:

My son was involved in a California hit and run, and the cops told him that it's almost always an illegal who does not want to be deported, so they just leave.

That's also the case here in Arizona.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on August 18, 2012:

After viewing that video I had a hard time reading this hub. When my eyes finally cleared and I could stop laughing, I could read your hub with some sense in me. Yes. There are a lot of laws broken simply because people are negligent. A little caution goes a long way. But, like you mention, sometimes natural elements get in the way and all it takes is a little bit of care to drive safely.

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on August 18, 2012:

I hate distracted driving- it's ludicrous. I'm glad there are ads/campaigns out now to combat against this. The phone is not that important when you have real life in front of you. I don't know why people can't consider that on the road.

And the same goes for people not restrained in seatbelts- yes they are uncomfortable but they serve a purpose. I like this hub a lot and you did a great job writing it!

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