6/11/2014 - Most motorists sing while driving
Though not considered a major distraction, singing out loud is the top activity that motorists confess to doing when behind the wheel, according to a new study from an automotive marketing firm.
Belting out a few tunes that are playing on the radio is the top diversion that respondents admitted to, as more than half - 56% - said that this was something they did while on the road, according to the survey performed by DMEautomotive.
While singing is not traditionally viewed as a major distraction that prevents motorists from focusing on the road, the other forms of multitasking that respondents said they did most frequently are, noted Mary Sheridan, Ph.D., manager of research and analytics at DMEa.
"It's deeply disturbing to see how much multiscreen, multi-tasking is going on in cars," said Sheridan. "People [are] texting, reading emails and the paper, and watching TV."
Approximately half of respondents confessed that they ate and/or used the phone while driving, and more than 1 in 4 said that they'd read a text message. Sheridan added that less common forms of multitasking motorists pleaded guilty to were, shaving, brushing their teeth, putting on makeup and even applying deodorant.
"We hope this data will help raise awareness about the ongoing problem of distracted driving, which has been made more complex given the proliferation of phones, tablets and various 'pods' people now regularly use," said Sheridan.
One of the most common causes of accidents that lead to auto insurance claims stem from distracted driving. Though there are state laws that prohibit multitasking, the Maryland legislature is considering a bill that could result in jail time for serious offenders.
For more information on the risks of distracted driving and how to be sure you're fully protected, speak to your local Selective agent.