People think it won’t happen to them, until they do. Vehicular accidents are always at a high as far as death and injury tolls are concerned, but there’s always a larger culture of apathy that gets in the way of driver vigilance. When you’ve got 33,000 Americans who have died due to car crashes in 2014 alone, it’s strange that people remain unwary of their own actions behind the wheel. This becomes even more alarming when you realize that 1 out of 3 drivers personally known someone who have been part of a car crash or accident.

But maybe it’s because they just don’t know what actually causes the accident. To many, these are all random unfortunate incidents. But they’re not. There are actually a lot of unsafe practices that people think are harmless that have been the main cause of deaths in vehicular accidents. Here are the most common ones:

  • Distracted driving –NHTSA reports say that there are at least 3,000 deaths resulting every year from distracted driving alone. This is because drivers who take their eyes off the road – even just for a moment – double their risk of getting into an accident.
  • Speeding – drowsy driving contributes a total of 328,000 car crashes each year. Drivers should avoid taking the wheel when they’re tired.
  • Running the red light – There’s a reason why you’re not allowed to cross the highway on a red light. NHTSA reports 127,000 injuries and 697 deaths are due to people not heeding this traffic rule.
  • No using the seat belt – while car crashes aren’t always avoidable, using a seat belt has been found by studies to reduce risk of them becoming fatal by 45%.
  • Impaired driving – there are 10,000 deaths each year because people drive while they are visually or mentally impaired in one way or another.

Don’t be one of these people. Avoid these unsafe practices because it’s better to be safe than sorry.