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Survey shows other distractions while driving

Posted On Fri, October 9, 2009

A recent survey shows there is a number of distractions drivers face on the road, all of which could lead to higher auto insurance costs.

The survey from LeaseTrader.com noted that though text messaging is recognized as a distraction, there are a number of other things that could get in the way of a driver's concentration. The survey showed that 18.3 percent of male respondents felt that road rage was the top driving distraction.

Meanwhile, female respondents noted that children may be a large distraction. Of women polled, 26.3 percent said that kids are the biggest distraction they face while driving a car.

"People can become so absorbed with their conversations or activities that concentrating on driving gets impaired even without texting," Sergio Stiberman, chief executive officer and founder of LeaseTrader.com, said.

Recently, the Department of Transportation held a summit regarding distracted driving. Text messaging and other technologically-based distractions were a major focus of two-day event, and as a result the Obama administration has forbidden federal employees from text messaging while operating government vehicles.

Major studies have shown that text messaging and other distractions can increase the number of auto accidents. As a result, distracted drivers may be adding to the costs for auto insurance.
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