According to a new Harris poll, Americans know that drinking and driving, texting and driving, and other distracted driving is dangerous, but admit to doing it anyway. The real question is if we agree these activities are dangerous, why do we still do it?
According to the poll, a resounding 93 percent of Americans surveyed believe texting and driving is dangerous, and 91 percent of Americans believe reading a text while driving is dangerous. Even though those surveyed know, and agree that texting and reading texts while driving is dangerous, 45 percent have read texts while driving and 37 percent have sent texts while driving.
When it comes to drinking and driving, 94 percent of Americans believe drinking three or more drinks and then driving is dangerous, and 68 percent of Americans believe even drinking just one or two drinks and then driving is dangerous. Unfortunately, 37 percent of those surveyed admit they’ve probably driven after drinking too much.
Besides drinking and texting, drivers are participating in some other pretty odd behaviors while driving. The study found that one in four people have admitted to grooming themselves while driving, another 25 percent said they’ve posted to social media, 19 percent have read a book, newspaper, or magazine while on the road, and 13 percent have watched a video on their smartphone or tablet.
We think it’s time to put down the technology (and the nail clippers and books), and focus at the task at hand. A car can be a dangerous killing machine when not used properly, and we have a major responsibility to ourselves and those around us every time we get behind the wheel.
For more details on this study, check out autos.aol.com.
Really, it can wait.
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