What are you guilty of doing behind the wheel?
According to a survey sponsored by Jabra, a headset and in-car speakerphone innovator, despite technology to help keep both hands on the wheel, people are choosing to use their hands elsewhere while driving.
The most common behind-the-wheel activities include texting, eating, changing clothes, operating GPS systems, yelling at other drivers, and even performing sexual acts. Only 32 percent of the survey respondents reported they're using a hands-free device, Jabra announced in a press release.
Seventy-two percent of respondents claimed to regularly eat behind the wheel, whereas 28 percent of drivers surveyed have sent text messages, and 15 percent reported they have performed sex or other sexual acts while driving. Twelve percent admitted to having written or read e-mails while driving and 10 percent reported reading newspapers or magazines while driving.
"It is truly unbelievable what people are doing while driving. The results of our survey show that so many people are distracted and doing other things while on the road, even though they know the consequences that can occur," said Jonas Forsberg, General Manager North America of the Mobile Division of GN Netcom, Inc, which is Jabra's parent company. "We are dedicated to increasing our efforts to encourage people to focus on the road and to use a hands-free headset or speakerphone if they want to talk or text while driving. We hope that people will soon understand the implications of these bad behaviors and will change their own behavior accordingly."
The results of the survey, underwritten by Jabra and conducted by Lindberg International, are based on responses from an online survey of 1,800 consumers between the ages of 18 and 65 with an equal number of respondents in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and Japan.