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Survey: Drivers admit to poor behavior at the wheel

Posted On Tue, April 26, 2011

Confessions from respondents on their driving behavior may reveal why auto insurance is mandated in virtually every state.

According to an Insurance.com's survey of approximately 1,500 drivers, a large percentage of motorists admit to doing a variety of things while behind the wheel that can lead to a serious accident.

For instance, 30 percent said they talk on their cell phones while driving, 39 percent admit to eating or drinking at the wheel and 9 percent admit to texting while driving.

Commenting on the study, a spokesperson for the property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Bob Passmore, said respondents' candor bodes well for people correcting their poor driving habits.

"If people admit to recognizing their bad behaviors, it's the first step on the road to redemption," Passmore said.

In the past few years, distracted driving has become a serious hindrance to responsible driving. To increase awareness of this problem, the U.S. Department of Transportation launched Distraction.gov, which is devoted to curbing accidents and fatalities resulting from actions that take motorists' attention off the road. 

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