NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nearly two-thirds of U.S. drivers admit they multitask while they are driving, according to the results of a survey conducted recently by Hankook Tire America Corp., including 11% who acknowledge texting while driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as "any activity that diverts attentions from driving," and strongly advises against doing anything besides focusing on the road ahead.
In its most recent Tire Gauge Index — a survey of Americans' attitudes and opinions about driving — Hankook discovered drivers admitted to: singing at the top of their lungs (24%); eating (21%); and applying makeup or shaving (3%).
The survey, conducted April 19-22, polled 1,021 randomly selected Americans age 18+ who have a valid U.S. driver's license.
Texting is considered by NHTSA to be among the most concerning distractions, as sending or reading a text can take one's eyes off the road for up to five seconds, which is roughly the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.