The Ethics of Driving

There are very few things that people do on a regular basis that can easily end the life of another. Because of this, driving places a heavy responsibility on us that is almost incomparable to anything else. If we forget to make lunch one day for our children, they might have to buy food at school. If we forget to complete our project at work, we might lose our jobs. But just by looking down while we are driving can very well lead to someone's death. I am of the opinion that the vast majority of drivers do not truly understand the responsibility they have to drive well.

How often it is to see reckless driving! Of course most often than not, speeding and swerving between lanes is not the result of some mental illness or intellectual incapacity, and yet, it is difficult not to think that reckless drivers are crazy and stupid. What is going on in their minds? What if they hit someone? It is my belief that reckless drivers are simply not thinking about the possible consequences of their actions. Furthermore, it is unlikely that the people who drive recklessly do it because they are late for something important; I think it is simply the way that they drive. Therefore, it is not only that they drive recklessly and by doing so endanger other people's lives, but also that they do it for no good reason.

An almost equally irresponsible act in regards to driving is to distract oneself away from the road. It is true that we live in the age of smart phones, but that does not make texting while driving any less irresponsible or immoral. Anything that requires us to not look at the road should be reduced to a minimum if not completely eliminated. This means no texting, no putting on makeup and no turning around to talk to your passengers. These are common sense rules that everyone should understand and follow.

What is most disturbing about reckless driving is that the drivers themselves understand that their behavior is immoral. It is very unlikely that they have no conception of what good driving entails. Thus, it must be that they just choose to drive that way. But perhaps I am jumping to conclusions. Perhaps there are those who truly do not understand that texting while driving and swerving between lanes is irresponsible. To those people I have no idea what to say other than they should think about the ethics of driving.

A civilized society requires that people treat each other with dignity and respect. Driving well is simply one aspect of that.