Americans Cop to Bad Driving

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Many drivers in the U.S. admit that they have some dangerous driving habits, according to a new survey conducted by Insurance.com.

Eating behind the wheel was the most common form of dangerous behavior people admitted to, with 39% of respondents copping to chowing down behind the steering wheel. Cell phone use came in second with 30% of people talking on the phone and driving at the same time.

Similarly, 9% percent of respondents said they have sent text messages while behind the wheel and just under 3% read or groom themselves (shave, apply makeup) while driving.

The most troubling of all responses, however, may be the discovery that 10% of drivers admitted to driving without insurance.

Fortunately, Insurance.com discovered that most drivers disclose their bad behaviors to insurance companies (when they have them of course).

"If people admit to recognizing their bad behaviors, it's the first step on the road to redemption," Bob Passmore, spokesperson for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, said in a press release.

The findings, based on online interviews with 1,496 drivers nationwide, should be of particular interest to all the good drivers out there since, as we have previously reported, insurers in states with a high number of uninsured drivers and/or accident claims tend to charge higher insurance premiums.

What states have the highest insurance rates? See where your state ranks in this MainStreet article!

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