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 |  Oct 10 2010, 11:16 AM

Multi-tasking is an essential part of your day, we get that. But that doesn’t mean you should carry it over to every aspect of your life. Like driving, for example. When you’re behind the wheel, you should be paying attention to the road and nothing else. And while we all know that’s what we should be doing, we don’t always follow this advice – especially when it comes to putting down our cell phone.

A recent survey from the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies that polled 1,000 motorists found that 90 percent believe that talking on the phone while driving should be illegal. But while they believe this, 51 percent of those polled admit they have used their phone while out on the road.

Here are some more numbers from the survey: Of the 356 respondents who said they have talked on a hand-held cell phone while driving, 43 percent said it should be illegal to do so. Of the 315 respondents who have talked on a hands-free cell phone while driving, 11 percent said it should be illegal to do so. And 80 percent of the 133 respondents who have texted while driving said that should be illegal. Almost a third of younger drivers (ages 18 to 34 years) said they have texted while driving.

But talking or texting on the phone isn’t the only thing we like to do. The survey goes on to point out that 77 percent of respondents have observed other motorists apply makeup, shave and brush their hair (only 8% admitted to doing it themselves). Also 18 percent of respondents have seen others change their clothes while driving, but only 3 percent would admit to doing so themselves.

After the jump, you’ll find a list of what the respondents admit to doing behind the wheel.

Which of the following activities have you engaged in while driving?

Eating or drinking – 63%
Changing CDs, radio stations or songs on an mp3 player – 57%
Using a cell phone – 51%
Hand-held – 36%
Hands-free – 31%
Texting – 13%
Arguing with unruly children – 19%
Personal grooming (makeup, shaving, brushing hair) – 8%
Changing clothes – 3%

Which of the following activities have you observed other motorists doing?

Using a cell phone – 97%
Hand-held – 93%
Hands-free – 78%
Texting – 75%
Eating or drinking – 90%
Personal grooming (makeup, shaving, brushing hair) – 77%
Changing CDs, radio stations or songs on an mp3 player – 62%
Arguing with unruly children – 62%
Changing clothes – 18%

Which of the following activities should be illegal while driving?

Using a cell phone – 90%
Texting – 87%
Hand-held – 66%
Hands-free – 28%
Changing clothes – 79%
Personal grooming (makeup, shaving, brushing hair) – 69%
Arguing with unruly children – 24%
Eating or drinking – 21%
Changing CDs, radio stations or songs on an mp3 player – 17%

  • Erik Wood

    Business people need to ‘hit the ball over the net’. Teens consider it rude not to reply immediately to texts. Home schedules would grind to a halt without immediate communication. We are conditioned to pursue this level of efficiency but we are all supposed cease this behavior once we sit in our respective 5,000 pound pieces of steel and glass. Anyone can win an argument in a forum like this by saying “Just put the phone away” – but we can see its just not happening.

    I just read that 72% of teens text daily – many text more 3000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook – even with their professors. This text and drive issue is in its infancy and its not going away.

    I decided to do something about it after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver . Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple app for smartphones. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER app

  • Krystal Kid

    80% percent of all rear end collisions (the most frequent vehicle accident) are caused by driver distractions. I doubt if we’ll ever stop the madness so I got one of these from sparebumper.com – to reduce whiplash and protect my family.