How is Reckless Driving Different From Careless Driving?

The biggest difference is that reckless driving is a criminal traffic offense, whereas careless driving is just a civil traffic violation. Reckless driving involves willful, wanton disregard for the safety of others, and sometimes that can involve high speed coupled with weaving in and out of traffic, as an example. Careless driving is more of a negligent type of driving. What you should've done as opposed to something that you intentionally did.