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Every day, men and women take to their cars to ferry them across town and country. But many of us are distracted. Confused.com surveyed 2,000 people to find out what potentially dangerous driving habits they may have picked up.

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THE SECRET LIVES OF DRIVERS

Men’s and Women’s Surprising (and Risky) Behind-the-Wheel Habits


Every day, men and women take to their cars to ferry them across town and country. But many of us are distracted. In our rush to get to our destination, we often engage in a variety of other activities while driving. Confused.com surveyed 2,000 people to find out what those activities might be. Some of them might surprise you, but they’re all potentially risky.

 

[ I ] BOTH SEXES HAVE RISKY DRIVING BEHAVIORS

Men’s Behind-the-Wheel Habits

The majority of men can’t seem to stay focused on the road. More than half admit to picking their nose while driving and an even greater portion say they look for attractive drivers nearby while on the road.

 

Do you ever shave while driving?

15%      Yes

3%       Yes, but only when stationary

82%      No

 

Do you ever pick your nose while driving?

49%      Yes

4%       Yes, but only when stationary

47%      No

 

Do you check out other drivers to see if they’re attractive while driving?

Men

Women*

Yes

47%

18%

Yes, but only when stationary

10%

11%

No

43%

72%

*Due to rounding figures exceed 100


Women’s Behind-the-Wheel Habits

All stereotypes aside, only about one in four women applies makeup or does her hair while driving. Though, more women than men admit to driving in their pyjamas.

 

Do you ever apply makeup while driving?

10%      Yes

17%      Yes, but only when stationary

73%      No

 

Do you ever do your hair while driving?

7%       Yes

17%      Yes, but only when stationary

76%      No

 

Have you ever driven in your pyjamas?

Men

Women

Yes

19%

31%

No

81%

69%


[ II ] RISKY DRIVING HABITS WE ALL SHARE


Dangerous Driving Shoes

Flip flops top the list of men’s footwear that are risky while driving, and more women report driving in heels than other risky shoe options.

Do you ever drive wearing the following footwear?

27%      Flip flops

22%      Bare feet

11%      Slippers

57%      None of the above

(Male only)

 

Do you ever drive wearing the following footwear?

40%      High heels

39%      Flip flops

24%      Bare feet

16%      Slippers

34%      None of the above

(Female only)

 

Eating on the Road

The sexes agree when it comes to food. Roughly half of all respondents admitted to eating while driving — while the car was still moving.

 

When driving, do you ever eat at the same time?

Men

Women

Yes

51%

42%

Yes, but only when stationary

11%

16%

No

38%

42%


Station Surfing

Both men and women constantly change their music while driving. But a surprising number of people, roughly two in five, say they avoid doing so.

 

Do you regularly change the music/CD/radio while driving?

Men

Women

Yes

52%

46%

Yes, but only when stationary

9%

12%

No

39%

42%


[ III ] IS ANY OF THIS A RISK?

Judging from the results above, both women and men engage in risky driving behaviors — behind-the-wheel activities that take drivers’ focus away from the road. But only a small percentage of people actually recognize these habits are risky. Roughly 70 percent of respondents say their habits aren’t dangerous.

 

Do you think your driving habits are risky?

Men

Women

Yes

17%

11%

Yes, but no worse than anyone else’s

14%

16%

No

69%

73%

SOURCES: CONFUSED.COM POLL


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