Most drivers know that driving with less than 100 percent focus on the road is dangerous, both to themselves and other motorists. However, it seems that knowledge hasn't changed too many behaviors behind the wheel. According to a recent study from AAA, Americans are less likely to consider distracted driving, such as drowsy or aggressive driving, as serious threats.
This widespread opinion on driving habits may be having a negative effect on road safety. Although people may believe there are fewer dangers on the roads, traffic fatalities increased for the first time in seven years in 2012, which could be a sign that drivers are being lax in their behaviors.
"Motorists may be growing more complacent about potential safety risks behind the wheel," said Peter Kissinger, president of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. "A 'do as I say, not as I do' attitude remains common with many motorists consistently admitting to engaging in the same dangerous behaviors for which they would condemn other drivers."
Focusing on the road is always the best way to stay safe, but drivers should be sure their vehicles are equipped with the right protective tools as well. Getting a car tune up to check the brake service or tire alignment is extremely important, as it can ensure a vehicle is running in top condition and all aspects are working as they should.