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 |  Dec 06 2010, 10:16 PM

More info out recently says that those most likely to be distracted behind the wheel are well-educated, well-off drivers, according to a poll commissioned by InsuranceQuotes.com.

The poll, which was for InsuranceQuotes.com by GfK Roper, a division of GfK Custom Research North America, found that these drivers are the most distracted ones on the road. Their research found that 93 percent of the affluent drivers report they engage in texting, talking on a cell phone and even kissing.

And with all that stuff going on, you know there’s going to be consequences. InsuranceQuotes.com found that four in 10 American adults who are licensed motorists said that being distracted while driving caused them to swerve into another lane, slam on the brakes, get a ticket, almost get into an accident, or have a minor or major wreck.

The numbers went up for drivers who have a college degree (49 percent) and for drivers who earn at least $75,000 a year (43 percent). This section of polled drivers comes in with the highest numbers among drivers from all income and education levels covered in the poll.

“The InsuranceQuotes.com poll on distracted driving indicates that people who have brains and bucks are more likely to be the motorists you see who are eating, reading or even kissing behind the wheel,” said John Egan, managing editor of Bankrate Insurance, which owns InsuranceQuotes.com. “It appears that well-to-do, well-educated Americans are multitaskers at work, at home-and in the car.”

[Source: InsuranceQuotes.com]