The most dangerous things about driving are not necessarily what we do, but the attitudes we have about justifying why we do them.
It's not that hard to put down that glass or pay attention behind the wheel.
But we rationalize it all the way.
I don't know where I'm going.
What are you doing?
So here are the top 5 ways you're a menace on the road
Because of those attitudes according to a recent survey by forensics firm Envista.
Number five, I just looked down for a minute.
This is what 36% of drivers who drive distracted say is their justification for driving distracted.
It's not a great one.
I won't bore you with all those factoids you've heard about how far you travel at 60 miles an hour.
In just two seconds.
But how about this factoid?
If you have a big crash because you were distracted looking at your phone, your phone's gonna rat you out.
I guarantee that 100%.
[SOUND] Number 4, it was convenient.
This is what 40% of drivers who've driven drunk say as their justification.
They say it was the only way, the easiest way, the fastest way, the cheapest way to get where they have to go after bending an elbow.
I'll give them an A for creativity and a D for planning.
Number three, I'm a ****, 47% of drivers who have engaged in agressive driving and I mean road rage not tackling that apex beautifully, say that they did it.
Because it was a dumb idea.
They recognized it at the time.
You think it was dumb then?
Wait til you see yourself on YouTube.
Number two, the boss will kill me, or whoever's waiting for you.
48% of drivers who've engaged in assinine behavior like extreme speeding, tailgating, crazy lane merges, blowing through ripe yellow All said they did so cuz they didn't want to look bad arriving late for whoever was waiting for them.
Now you do know how much time those behaviors can actually shave off a normal commute, right?
Next time, just leave 74 seconds early Earlier.
Before I get you to #1, here's the one that's #1 with me, and a lot of you who live in other countries, and that is American drivers just aren't serious.
Driving is a tedious background chore for us, that ranks somewhere below Facebook, instagram, and daydreaming.
Now, in other countries, where they take driving and licensure seriously, it's a largely different situation.
This folks is why they're developing autonomous cars, because we asked for them without saying a word.
Number one's cutting a little different direction, I'm going here to highlight a low number.
Just 37% of people who've driven drunk say they were ever confronted about it.
The rest of the time us passengers are sitting there hanging on for dear life while Mr. Wild Turkey does his thing.
We don't want a confrontation even while our lives are passing before our eyes.
We could do better.