Why do we slow down to look at the misfortune of others involved in an accident? We don’t want to, but it’s almost as if we can’t help ourselves.
It’s a bad habit we should change because rubbernecking is estimated to be the cause of 16% of all road accidents.
Instead of slowing down to gawk at a collision, you should pay even more attention to what’s happening in front of you because it’s likely that every other driver is rubbernecking and not driving safely.
As for drivers who take a drive-by pic of the accident, think of this: they’re not looking at the road and their hands are off the steering wheel to hold a phone. They’re endangering themselves and others.
Rubbernecking is distracted driving, and so is putting on your makeup or eating while driving. Anything that takes one or both of your hands off the wheel and your focus off the road can lead to a collision.