Oct. 29, 2013
Sunnyvale, California — October 29, 2013 — Results of a recent survey indicate that Americans take part in some unusual (and potentially dangerous) activities while driving – and would consider even stranger activities if they knew no one could see them. This survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Scout GPS from August 21-23, 2013 among 1,832 U.S. adults.
According to the Scout GPS survey, drivers are often distracted while behind the wheel, participating in surprising – and in some cases, illegal – activities. For example, 11 percent have participated in a sexual activity while driving, with three times more men (17 percent) admitting to doing this than women (five percent). Unpredictably, younger drivers are not the worst offenders, with slightly more 35-44 year olds confessing to this (18 percent) than 18-34 year olds (17 percent), followed by 45-54 year olds (eight percent) and drivers aged 55 or older (five percent).
Some drivers also admitted to dangerous driving behaviors, such as:
- Thirteen percent have eaten using a utensil
- Ten percent have applied makeup or gotten ready
- Nine percent have flirted with another driver in a different car
- Four percent have read a book or newspaper
Of those who have used their phone to talk or text while driving, 30 percent have had a near-miss accident, compared to about one quarter (27 percent) who had a close call because they were applying makeup (i.e. getting ready), and 21 percent who narrowly escaped a fender bender because they were participating in a sexual activity. Surprisingly, shaving while driving was the most dangerous – for those surveyed who confessed to doing this, almost one-in-five (16 percent) said they have actually been in an accident while shaving.
A Week Without Traffic
Nearly half of drivers surveyed said they would give up alcohol or social media (49 and 47 percent, respectively) for one week in exchange for a week without traffic, compared to 35 percent who said they would give up caffeine. More than a quarter (27 percent) of current drivers said they would give up sex for one week in exchange for a week without traffic.
- Those aged 21-34 (55 percent) are more likely to give up alcohol than those 55 or older (46 percent)
- Almost twice as many drivers aged 18-34 (49 percent) said they would give up caffeine compared to those 55 or older (27 percent)
- Women (37 percent) are almost two and a half times more likely than men (16 percent) to say they would give up sex
- Almost one-in-five (18 percent) drivers said they would give up their smartphone
Frustrations and Guilty Pleasures
When it comes to what people find most frustrating about other drivers, tailgating leads the pack at 69 percent, followed by people on the phone (65 percent). Slow drivers in the fast lane (63 percent), littering out the car windows (62 percent) and road rage (61 percent) are close behind.
While behaviors of others can be annoying, drivers admitted that they would engage in some interesting activities in their cars if they knew people could not see them. More than half (54 percent) said they would consider singing aloud in their cars. Almost a third (30 percent) would consider picking their nose, 19 percent would think about changing clothes, 15 percent would ponder having sex and nine percent would contemplate driving naked.
For additional findings and an infographic highlighting the results visit www.scout.me/survey.
Scout is developed by Telenav, Inc., the leader in personalized navigation. Scout is available on Android, iPhone and Windows Phone 8, and includes traffic features that help make peoples’ lives less stressful, more productive, and more fun when they’re on the go.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Scout GPS Maps from August 21-23, 2013 among 2,034 adults ages 18 and older, among whom 1,832 are current or past drivers. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Mark Burfeind (email@example.com).
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Cynthia Hiponia and Alice Kousoum
The Blueshirt Group for Telenav, Inc.