Apparently, texting isn’t the only thing distracting drivers. According to a new study sponsored by tech manufacturer Jabra, drivers are also eating, reading, changing clothes and even fornicating while behind the wheel.
“It is truly unbelievable what people are doing while driving,” Jonas Forsberg, General Manager of the North American Mobile Division of GN Netcom (Jabra’s parent company), said in a press release. “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.”
The distraction epidemic is not limited to the U.S. either. The study was conducted by Lindberg International, which surveyed 1,800 drivers between the ages of 18 and 65 from the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia and Japan.
According to the study, eating is the biggest driving distraction with 72% of participants copping to consuming meals while behind the wheel. Road rage was reported by 63% of respondents, and 35% have changed clothes while their car is in motion. Hair styling distracted 23% of participants.
Interestingly, 29% of participants admitted to kissing passengers while driving, while only 15% have gone further or all the way. Text messaging was a distraction for 28% of participants.
Less frequent offenses include writing e-mails, playing video games, applying make-up and shaving.
Additionally, only 32% of drivers are using a hands-free mobile device while on the phone in their vehicles. (We hope these motorists are refraining from sexing and texting and the same time.)
So, why is Jabra conducting this study? Forsberg said “we are dedicated to increasing 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.”
Jabra, conveniently, makes and markets these wireless in-car devices to mobile users. Coincidence?