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?
3% Yes, but only when stationary
Do you ever pick your nose while driving?
4% Yes, but only when stationary
Do you check out other drivers to see if they’re attractive while driving?
Yes, but only when stationary
*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?
17% Yes, but only when stationary
Do you ever do your hair while driving?
Have you ever driven in your pyjamas?
[ 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
57% None of the above
40% High heels
39% Flip flops
24% Bare feet
34% None of the above
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?
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?
[ 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?
Yes, but no worse than anyone else’s
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9:07 PM on 26/03/2012
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MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY HAVE ALWAYS TOLD ME THAT MY HABIT IS BOTH STUPID AND RISKY AND I'M ASHAMED TO ADMIT THAT THEY ARE RIGHT BECAUSE ALTHOUGH I NEVER WEAR HIGH HEELS WHILST DRIVING I REGULARLY REMOVE MY SHOES, SANDALS, BOOTS AND SOCKS OR WHATEVER I MIGHT BE WEARING TO TEND TO MY FEET RUBBING IN OINTMENT OR MASSAGING MY FOOT OR PUTTING IT IN FRONT OF THE AIR VENT TO COOL OR WARM IT UP DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER - I DON'T DO IT ANYMORE BUT SOMETIMES I WOULD PUT A HOT WATER BOTTLE IN THE FOOT WELL SO I COULD WARM THE BOTTOM OF MY FEET. I ONLY EVER DO ONE FOOT AT A TIME AND ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT I REPLACE THE SHOE / SOCK BEFORE I REMOVE THE OTHER - AND TRY TO TIME IT SO I'M AT LIGHTS OF SAT IN A QUEUE - - OMG - WHAT A BERK!! NO MORE KIDS
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9:20 PM on 01/06/2012
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My favourite hate is the person in front turning left who won't use an accelerating lane and holds me and others up for ages until he/she sees a quarter mile gap in the traffic. My local one is at Wells Garage on the Salisbury Road just north of Ringwood. Bad for Blood pressure.As for Lilly1, she could take her shoes off, rub in the ointment and put some thick socks on before starting off. If it gets hot she can turn on the air-conditioning and direct the cold air foot-wards.Current procedure is unacceptably dangerous!
2:57 PM on 20/11/2012
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I'm annoyed by people straddling the middle of junctions while waiting to turn so that people wanting to turn the opposite way can't move. People seem to drive in a daydream these days without thinking of the other road users.
7:41 PM on 05/12/2012
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My gripe is with the car manufactures,all these big fancy cars costing thousand's of pound's,and they dont seem to fit them with indicators anymore,such a shame,and also very frustrating when your driving behind them,and the car suddenly lunges left/right,maybe it's in the pipeline to re-introduce some form of indication,i wait and see.
9:42 AM on 08/12/2012
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why or why do drivers put on the fog lights when they see the first sign of fog or when it is raining or when they feel like. 1. it blinds the drivers behind them 2. is should only be used when the visibly is down to less than 50 yards 3. there is a £60 fine for misuse of fog lights (not in-forced that much as it should be)
9:55 AM on 19/06/2013
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As I stated in another post. Why do people stop at roundabouts when there is nothing coming? It's not a junction! Also learn to use the gears please. People hogging the overtaking lanes at 69mph, nuff said! Fog lights on when no fog is around. This is not only dangerous but illegal! Bikers undertaking!
6:21 PM on 05/08/2014
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Maybe it's time to remind people that signals should come several seconds *before* a turn, not as you go. So often I see people engage the signals as they swing the wheel. This gives no time for others to react, so isn't really a useful signal at all. Driving schools could make this point more forcefully, or maybe it could be a major fault in the test, not a minor? My usual bad habit - not looking far enough ahead, only one or two cars instead of 4 or 5. Then I get surprised when the chap 2 ahead slams on...
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