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Rubbernecking: What Is It? And How Is It Dangerous?

Rubbernecking: What Is It? And How Is It Dangerous?

Rubbernecking. It is a term coined for the act of slowing down while driving past the scene of something occurring outside your car. It may or may not come as a shock to you, but rubbernecking is a form of distracted driving. It is a significant issue that many people don't talk about, and it's on the rise. It doesn't take long for a rubbernecking incident to happen. Taking your attention off the road for more than two seconds increases your risk of getting into a car accident 2x. In the third second, you could have injured someone, killed someone, or run your vehicle into another one. Approximately 1,000 people are hurt in the United States daily by distracted driving every day. And researchers estimate rubbernecking alone causes roughly 10% of all vehicle accidents. Why Do People Do It? Curiosity is a part of human nature. The term rubbernecking came into use as early as the 1800s and originally referred to what we know as the act of eavesdropping, looking, and listeni ... read more