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Survey: Most Drivers Know Texting and Driving is Illegal, But Do it Anyway

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Survey: Most Drivers Know Texting and Driving is Illegal, But Do it Anyway

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%