I know for sure that you have passed by an accident on the road a few times in your life. Millions of people drive every day so it is not surprising to see an accident from time to time. Moreover, there are several causes of accidents on the road, such as flat tire, speeding, collisions, reckless driving, and more.
When it comes to accidents, people are, fortunately, fast to act. This is why minutes from the actual accident, you will see an emergency, police, tow truck, and some people ready to help. This is where another problem comes in. A lot of drivers tend to slow down and stare at the car accident. This is called rubbernecking and it can be dangerous and inconvenient.
The following are the reasons why you need to avoid staring and slowing down the next time you pass by a car accident:
1.It slows down the traffic
Rubbernecking does not necessarily cause any road accident. However, it potentially slows down the traffic and even causes inconvenience to the ambulance and police while responding. And because people who do rubbernecking are also distracted on the road, this might even cause another accident or collision to someone who is distracted by the accident too. Congested roads are more susceptible to accidents. Avoid that by now slowing down your car, taking a few minutes to look at what happened, and instead go on your way, and avoid congestion.
2.You will become more distracted
Rubbernecking causes visual and mental distractions. It is a no-brainer that not being focused on the road will actually increase the chances of accidents. This is the reason why some accidents are secondary accidents. In addition, there are people who cannot take the view of blood and gory things happening on the road. This leads them to be mentally distracted and less focused on their steering wheel.
You also need to understand that a lot of people do rubbernecking and so, it is to assume that while it slows down the traffic, causes inconvenience to the ones who are offering help, it also is a potential ground for congestion and collisions.
3.You will lose control
Losing control is commonly observed when a person is distracted visually and mentally while driving on the road. This is caused by the loss of focus on his/her car and obsessing on the car accident that has happened. Staring at a car accident, and not paying attention to your driving is also similar to breaching your responsibility and duty to offer an environment that is safe for others on the road. Such an act of irresponsibility is subject to liability. This time, it is you who cause the inconvenience and reckless driving, a potential secondary accident.
While we understand that is can be a little bit tempting to slow down and watch a car accident, you need to understand that it is irresponsible, inconvenient, and dangerous. You are creating and causing a less safe environment for the other vehicles, creating congestion, slowing the traffic, and making things harder for the people on the road. Imagine if everyone is doing this. To avoid such a scene, mind your own pace next time you see an accident on the road.