INFOGRAPHIC: The Unwritten Rules of the Road

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There’s the driver’s manual that every state’s Department of Motor Vehicles hands you when you take your learner’s permit test, and then there are the unwritten rules of the road: Don’t drive from Maine to Florida with your left blinker on. Don’t flick a lit cigarette butt at the motorcyclist behind you. Don’t be a jerk. CJ Pony Parts provided an infographic detailing a lot of this rules, along with some detail about how many of us violate them.

Distracted driving is becoming just as major a safety issue as drunk driving. In 2012, over 3,000 people were killed due to distracted driving incidents.

Texting? Your eyes are completely off the road for five seconds. That’s plenty of time to drive the length of a football field at 55 mph, and the last time we saw people driving 55 on the interstate, Jimmy Carter was president. Yet if you’re caught texting in California, you’re rung up for $20, less that the cost of a parking ticket in some cities.

Aggressive driving and road rage claims 1,500 people a year, and it’s getting worse. The headlines are full incidents, and it even happened on a closed course this year, resulting in a high profile death.

Here’s a look at the unwritten rules of etiquette on the road, and how many of us have been violating them:


Worst Driving Etiquette

Infographic by CJ Pony Parts