It might not make mama dog very happy, but staring out the window at something while driving is an almost innate response. Referred to as rubbernecking, it's often car wrecks, not poodles, that stir our morbid curiosity and cause us to slow down to see what happened. Coined in America during the 1890s to refer to tourists, the term has been called "one of the best words ever coined," according to H.L. Mencken. While the term is applauded, the action is definitely not. According to a 2003 study, rubbernecking was the cause of 16% of distraction-related traffic incidents. The activity has become such a problem that the Department of Transport in the UK has started to use "incident screens" to shield accidents from view.