The variety of ways people drive distractedly might surprise you. In light of April being National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a recent survey conducted by Eerie Insurance examined the range of negligent behaviors motorists perform while behind the wheel.
The Harris poll was held online in February, on behalf of Eerie Insurance, and the responses reflect answers from 1,915 participants in the United States, ages 18 and older.
What it reveals is that drivers admit to performing activities that most people wouldn’t associate with distracted driving. Regardless, any activity that steals a driver’s focus from the road is dangerous.
Distracted Driving by Behavior
- 15 percent of drivers admitted to a romantic encounter or expressing some form of PDA while driving;
- 15 percent of drivers admitted to combing or styling their hair while driving;
- 9 percent of drivers admitted to changing clothes while driving;
- 8 percent of drivers admitted to applying makeup while driving;
- 4 percent of drivers admitted to brushing or flossing their teeth while driving;
- 4 percent of drivers admitted to taking a selfie while driving;
- 3 percent of drivers admitted to changing drivers while driving; and
- 3 percent of drivers admitted to going to the bathroom while driving.
While it isn’t exactly clear what the last two behaviors actually entail, there is no doubt that all of these activities would be better completed at other times.
Legal Help for Distracted Driving Accidents
The car accident attorneys at Bailey & Oliver Law Firm are here to help you stand up to drivers who’ve harmed you through their negligent actions. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a distracted driver, contact legal counsel to learn about your options.