87% of drivers practice unsafe behavior while driving
About 87 percent of drivers engaged in at least one risky behavior while behind the wheel in the past month, according to a new report by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety. The unsafe behaviors include driving while distracted, impaired or drowsy, along with speeding, running red lights or not wearing a seat belt.
The vast majority of motorists believe they are more careful than others on the road, though most of them are not making safe decisions while behind the wheel, said Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation. Some examples or what drivers reported doing in the past month while driving:
« More than 70 percent report talking on a cell phone, and 42 percent admit to reading a text message or email while driving. Nearly one in three admit to typing or sending a text or email.
« Nearly half of all drivers report going 15 mph over the speed limit on a freeway and thatês just the ones who admit it.
« Nearly one in three say they have driven when they were so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open.Download Bulletin PDF