Survey highlights distracted-driving behaviors of motorists

Survey highlights distracted-driving behaviors of motorists

Close on the heels of an AAA Foundation study which revealed that distracted driving causes nearly 60 percent of teen crashes, a new online survey carried out by Erie Insurance company has highlighted the distracted-driving behaviors of motorists.

The Erie Insurance survey has revealed that an increasing number of people now acknowledged the fact that they text and talk while steering the wheel; and also indulge in several other distracted-driving behaviors.

Confessing that a number of activities distract their attention when they are behind the wheel, 43 percent motorists question by Erie Insurance about distracted driving said that they sing or dance; while 30 percent said that they apply makeup.

Furthermore, nearly 15 percent motorists said that they had engaged in a "romantic encounter" while driving; and an equal percentage of motorists said that they read while driving. Nearly 9 percent motorists admitted to have changed clothes while driving; 4 percent said that they flossed or brushed their teeth; and another 4 percent said that they click selfies.

Against the backdrop of the findings of the survey, Erie Insurance VP Doug Smith noted that "a distraction is anything that causes a driver to take their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel or their mind off their primary task of driving safely;" and said: "Our survey found drivers, unfortunately, are engaging in a wide range of distracting and potentially dangerous behaviors."