Most Drivers Regularly Engage in Reckless Driving Habits

reckless-driving-habits-speedingA recent study by the Automobile Association of America (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that 87 percent of drivers participated in reckless driving habits while behind the wheel during the previous month.

In an attempt to analyze and bring awareness to road safety issues, AAA examined dangerous driving behaviors including failure to wear seat belts, speeding, impaired driving and running red lights. These unsafe practices were exposed at the same time that preliminary collision estimates anticipated a nine percent increase in fatalities for the year 2015.

According to Peter Kissinger, CEO and President of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a culture of indifference persists regarding road safety. Because of safety concerns, AAA is asking motorists to make highways safer by engaging in responsible choices.

Reckless driving may take different forms. Following are five common reckless driving behaviors identified by AAA:

Running through red lights

Failing to stop at a red light risks the life of the driver, any passengers and the other motorists on the road. Yet, more than one in three drivers said they went through a red light when they had enough time to stop.

Driving while impaired

More than one in eight drivers said they drove while under the influence of alcohol or drugs within the previous month. Over the past year, nine percent of drivers said they did this more than one time.


Almost half of all drivers drove 15 miles per hour over the speed limit within the past 30 days. Fifteen percent said they do so often.

No seatbelts

Within the last month, about one in five drivers said they drove without wearing a seatbelt.

Driving while drowsy

Approximately one in three drivers stated they drove while extremely tired during the last 30 days.

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