Driving scenes in movies can be some of the most entertaining aspects of films. There is no question that we all are drawn to high-speed chases in these films, as they are truly unpredictable. However, we as humans are social beings, so we tend to pick up habits by what we see around us. What may come as a surprise to some is that the wild stunts put on the silver screen can even impact the way that we drive. Movies are full of mistakes that drivers make on the regular, and this has translated directly to the manner in which we all drive, as well.
With all that has been stated thus far, in this article, we will be looking at 20 driving mistakes people make thanks to movies. It is important to note that the severity of the mistakes will vary greatly, but at the same time, they should all be avoided. Driving should be a safe and fun experience but when people partake in these action-scene stunts, it often takes away from the roads being this way. Although movies definitely are not purposely aiming to make us obtain bad driving habits, they often do at this point in culture, when films provide much of the context for living our daily lives.
Now, let's take a gander at the mistakes we tend to make daily because of their all-too-common appearances in movies!
20 Cutting People Off
A common theme that we see in movies, especially when characters are in a rush, is people cutting off other drivers. Sadly, this has become quite the norm when it comes to real life, as well. In fact, one can see this just about every time that they step inside their car.
Although this is something that we have picked up from frustration, it is clear that it needs to end. Driving in this reckless type of manner can result in road rage and incidents, and also obviously can lead to others being injured. This seriously needs to be eliminated from the streets as soon as possible.
19 Failing To Adjust Mirrors
Serious question: can anyone name one time in a movie when the main character adjusted their mirrors before driving? If so, that is pretty solid observing on your part. However, to the vast majority of us, it is quite clear that this is something that never seems to actually happen in films.
This definitely happens to be the case when it comes to real life situations as well. It is not very common for people to always be aware of the position of their mirrors. This is something that we all should be doing every time that we enter our cars. Being cautious is always a good thing when on the road.
18 Forgetting To Signal
Another element that we see in movies quite frequently is that drivers never use their turn signals. This, of course, definitely occurs at least once or twice every time that we are on the roads. This is such a bad habit, as it can lead to serious harm, especially if an individual is driving in a reckless manner.
This is something that we are all taught at driving school as teenagers. With that being said, we absolutely need to get better at signaling. This is not an optional action when it comes to being on the road. In all honesty, the penalties should be harsher when people go around and break this rule.
17 Driving Without Caution In Rain
There is no question that driving in the rain is far more difficult than when it is nice out. This is why we must be very careful when we are behind the wheel during rain, especially when it is pouring. However, in a lot of movies, we see the main characters drive even more crazily during these storms.
It is understandable that this is seen in movies, as it creates more shock value for the actual filming. However, many people take this side of films literally when driving in real life, and that cannot occur. People are constantly getting themselves into serious trouble when doing this, as well as putting others in danger.
16 Sitting At A Green Light
This is so common in movies: the main characters will be at a red light, where they will be continuing their conversations to help enhance the plot. However, to add comedic impact, the light will turn green suddenly and other characters will start honking their horns and screaming out their windows for the car to move.
Although this tends to be funny during films, this type of behavior has actually carried over into the real world. People tend to lose focus at a stoplight and sometimes that results in them not realizing the light changing to green. This is a pretty minor mistake but it definitely is still worth noting.
15 Not Filling Up On Gas
Characters in movies only seem to fill up their gas tanks in the middle of their road trips. When it comes to real life, we definitely should fill up our gas tank far more frequently than we do. If we do not, we can easily find ourselves stranded, and that is definitely not an ideal circumstance.
There is no question that films have also shown many characters run out of gas and be out of luck. This definitely is seen constantly in real life as well. This is a mistake that we all need to work on. Every time we say, "I'll just get gas later," it is a major gamble that we could have avoided pretty easily.
14 Signaling Early
People in movies do not necessarily need to follow the rules of the road perfectly. I mean, only car enthusiasts seem to notice the little mistakes they make—like signaling early. However, this definitely can be seen every time we drive on the road in real life.
This is not the biggest of mistakes, and it often is not done intentionally. However, the problem with doing this is that the drivers who are behind you may anticipate you moving earlier than you do, which can lead to confusion. This definitely is something that drivers definitely need to be aware of today.
13 Driving The Wrong Way
Now, this mistake is definitely one that needs to stop right now. In movies, we often see our main characters driving the wrong way on one-way roads. This can be because they are in a rush or simply were unaware. Although this can be entertaining in films, it definitely is the furthest from that in real life.
Drivers need to seriously pay attention to the warning signs in front of them. There honestly is no excuse for anyone to be driving the wrong way on these streets, especially if it is done purposely to save time. It is definitely very dangerous for all drivers on the road when someone decides to ignore this rule.
12 Not Wearing Seat Belts
It is pretty common to see drivers in movies not wearing their seat belts. This is definitely inexcusable, in general, but even worse when it is done in real life. Thankfully, cops have become far stricter with punishments when it comes to people breaking this rule, but it is not completely fixed to date.
Not wearing your seat belt is a serious offense, as it can lead to an abundance of danger to not only yourself but everyone else on the road. If something were to occur and one was not wearing their seat belt, they could easily hurt themselves and the others around them by the impact that is felt.
11 Taking Off Early
Movies just love to have their drivers be in a rush. This is entertaining on the big screen but extremely dangerous in real life. There is no question that as adults, we have a ton of responsibilities to complete each day. However, this should not translate to us rushing to complete them in this manner.
People have tasks to complete at different times, so it is understandable that some drivers are more urgent to get to their destination than others. However, taking off before the car in front of you is a massive mistake. This can lead to stuff that ultimately could have be avoided by simply following one of the most basic rules of the road.
10 Slamming On The Pedals
One of the biggest mistakes that we have learned from movies is slamming on the pedals. This can apply to both the gas and brake, as for some strange reason, this has become our way of driving. This is not the best of moves, though, as it can be quite damaging to our cars as time passes by.
Another reason why this absolutely should be avoided is the fact that it may make the car end up not processing the command. The last thing that someone wants to do is slam on the brakes and as a result of this, completely ruin their vehicle. Driving should be a craft full of finesse, not power.
9 Leaving The Scene
If you flee from the scene of an incident on the roads, that is a serious violation. However, to help enhance the quality of the plot, films will often possess this. There is no question that this cannot be done in real life at all, as it will rightfully result in very serious punishment.
If you were to get into an unfortunate situation, the best case of action is to exchange information. There is no question that this is the ethical thing to do, as it will display the fact that both parties involved are working on finding a compromise. Never drive away like a lot of characters do on film.
8 Rushing Through Yellow Lights
Ah, the yellow light. Most people know that when they see it, they should prepare to stop. However, one major mistake that we have picked up from movies is rushing through them. This is a very dangerous decision, as other traffic can begin to move in the middle of your route.
At the end of the day, we should be following the rules when it comes to yellow lights. They are there to help protect the drivers of the road and if followed correctly, they absolutely do. A lot of films love to show characters rush through them, but that is because their lives are not actually in danger.
7 Ignoring Blind Spots
It is so rare to see characters in movies check their blind spots. For the purpose of saving time for the rest of the plot and action, this makes sense. However, many of us have carried over this bad mistake into real life and that is where criticism is absolutely warranted.
By not checking your blind spots, you are in serious danger of accidentally crashing into another vehicle on the road. This is especially the case when it comes to switching lanes, especially on the highway. There is no question that we must always check our blind spots in these type of situations.
6 Driving Away With The Gas Nozzle
There have been countless scenes where characters in movies quickly rush off before taking out the gas nozzle. This is seen primarily in parts where there is a chase going on. However, if this is done in real life, there is a very good chance that this was simply due to laziness by the car owner.
This definitely is not smart, as it can damage both your car, as well as the gas nozzle. This is not very considerate towards the owners of gas stations, as your mistake ends up costing them money at the end of the day. We all have to be more aware of this.
Speeding is always seen in all types of movies. It is the perfect way to show the audience that the main character is in a rush due to a growing conflict. However, when it comes to this occurring in real life, there is absolutely no excuse for this to be happening.
Speeding is very dangerous for not only yourself when driving, but also for everyone else on the road. There is no question that handling vehicles that are going above the speed limit can be extremely challenging, and if one suddenly has to stop for traffic, it likely can lead to bad things happening.
4 Leaving Turn Signals On
This is a minor mistake, to a degree, but it can bring upon major consequences. I can think of a handful of times where films have the drivers leave their turn signals on. It may even be unintentional in them. However, in real life, this is a habit that we absolutely need to fix.
The problem with leaving this on is that it impacts how other people end up driving. It can be quite distracting to be waiting to see when the driver in front is turning. When that does not occur, it creates irritation, and that can result in the other party acted in a very rude manner. At the end of the day, drivers just need to pay attention to their turn signals.
3 Not Yielding To Pedestrians
One of the biggest mistakes that a driver can make is not yielding to pedestrians. As we learned in driving school growing up, this is one of the worst things that we can do as drivers. However, this can be seen not only countless times in movies but also in real life.
This is a mistake that should seriously be avoided on the streets. This puts so many people in danger when drivers ignore this rule. It should not be too difficult to remember this. When you see someone walking on the crosswalk, just let them go first. It will save everyone from potential danger.
2 Purposely Ramming Other Drivers
There are plenty of movies where people purposely ram into other drivers and cars to slow them down. These situations tend to occur when characters are in high-speed chases with one another. However, this has actually been translated into real-life situations, as well, and that is just not good at all.
There is no question that one should never damage the vehicles that are owned by someone else. Driving in this manner also can ruin your car, so there clearly is nothing good that comes out from it. Also, to make matters even worse, other incidents likely will follow from this type of unnecessary behavior.
1 Texting And Driving
Can we seriously stop texting and driving at this point? We constantly hear of stories where people have done this and it has resulted in many, many unfortunate situations. This cannot keep occurring, as this can absolutely be avoided if we learn to rid of our cell phone addiction.
To be quite honest, movies should not even show this type of behavior anymore. It is understandable that they are trying to show viewers not to partake in this action, but sometimes, people subconsciously rebel against the rules and norms. At the end of the day, it just needs to be something that is completely stopped.
Sources: Axle Addict, Goliath, and US News.