Most Drivers Distracted by More Than Phone

WARREN, N.J., Sept. 28 (UPI) — Ninety percent of U.S. motorists say it should be illegal to use a cellphone when driving, but half say they do so, a survey indicates.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. motorists, sponsored by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, indicates 80 percent of the 133 respondents who say they have texted while driving say it should be illegal and almost one-third of younger drivers ages 18-34 say they have texted while driving.

However, 77 percent of respondents say they have observed other motorists apply makeup, shave and brush their hair, although only 8 percent admit to engaging in personal grooming activities behind the wheel.

Eighteen percent of respondents have seen others change their clothes while driving, but only 3 percent admit to doing so themselves.

Survey respondents say they have done the following while driving:

– 63 percent eat or drink.

– 57 percent change CDs, radio stations or songs on an mp3 player.

– 51 percent use a cellphone.

– 36 percent use a hand-held cellphone.

– 31 percent use a hands-free cellphone.

– 31 percent text.

– 19 percent arguing with unruly children.

– 8 percent put on makeup, shave, brush hair.

– 3 percent change clothes.

The survey was conducted by Opinion Research Corp. No margin of error was provided.

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