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The law requires all drivers to oblige by the rules of the road and not engage in negligent activity. However, many drivers fail to do so and break the law while they are operating a vehicle. There are many actions that are considered to be negligent that drivers should not engage in. This can include the following:


The rise of smartphones has led to more cell phone usage behind the wheel of motor vehicles. A Pew Research report showed that 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone as opposed to just 35 percent in 2011. When people use phones while driving, they are not providing the road with their undivided attention, thus increasing their chances of causing an accident with another driver. 

Eating and Drinking

Just about anyone has taken one hand off the wheel from time to time either to finish a cup of coffee or take a bite of their breakfast while in a hurry. While this may seem harmless, studies show that eating and drinking behind the wheel can be just as deadly as texting. This is because it can require taking your eyes off the road for just a moment, increasing the risk of causing a collision. 

Personal Grooming

There are many people who try and multitask behind the wheel when they are on their way to go somewhere. This can include anything from putting on makeup to fixing hair and checking their teeth. While people may not see it as a big deal to engage in distractions for even one second, it can put themselves and others in great danger. 

Talking to Passengers

It seems simple enough to carry on a conversation with passengers in the car. While this is true, it is also a form of multitasking that takes a person’s mind off the task at hand: driving. Federal data shows that over half of distracted driving accidents occur due to drivers talking to their passengers. 

Using a GPS

Almost everyone uses navigation systems these days. However, they can also be a major source of distraction. When drivers can reach down and engage with the system while driving, they can cause dangerous accidents in just a split second of taking their eyes off the road.

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