Distracted driving : It's not just cell phones

Drivers report bad behavior behind the wheel

DETROIT – These days it seems everyone is on a mission to stop people from texting and talking on the phone while driving. While those habits can be hazardous, drivers have also spotted a long list of other disturbing, distracted driving behaviors.

Consumer Reports recently asked its Facebook followers to share they most dangerous behavior they've seen behind the wheel. Their responses covered a wide variety of dangerous choices drivers are making while on the road. Take a look at this list: 

  • Applying makeup
  • Breast feeding
  • Brushing teeth, flossing
  • Changing clothes
  • Changing a diaper
  • Dog in the lap
  • Eating cereal with milk
  • Eating spaghetti or noodles
  • Fingernail painting
  • Holding a baby
  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Watching video


While some of the behaviors might make you laugh in disbelief, distracted driving is a serious issue. Consumer Reports says government statistics show that 10 percent of crashes in 2011 that resulted in injury were affected by driver distraction.

READ: Teens take part in anti-distracted driving program

For drivers 15 to 19-years-old involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent of the distracted drivers were fiddling with their cell phones, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Whenever you're behind the wheel, make safer choices and cut the distractions!

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