Collision Confessional: American Drivers Fess Up To Poor Skills Behind The Wheel

A survey conducted on 1,496 drivers by Insurance.com reveals that motorists continue to convey bad habits behind the wheel. Americans continue to eat and text while behind the wheel, and -- perhaps even worse -- fail to drive with any form of insurance coverage.

Although it is against the law in several U.S. states to talk on a cell phone without a hands-free device, the survey exposes that 30 percent disregard the law and still blab away, and 39 percent eat or drink in the driver’s seat. Surprisingly, less than three percent said they read or groomed themselves on the road.

"If people admit to recognizing their bad behaviors, it's the first step on the road to redemption," says Bob Passmore, spokesperson for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, an industry trade group.

In order to improve safety on the road, Ford is investing heavily in new safety technology and is promoting its Driving Skills for Life program by extending its cost-free training to 30 additional markets in 2011, providing drivers with enhanced tools and driving skills.

The fact that there are still uninsured drivers out there means insured drivers need to take defensive measures by making sure their policies include uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.

Aside from the bad habits, Americans prove they believe honesty is the best policy when dealing with car insurance companies. Lying to insurers gives them the right to cancel your policy, which may be the reason why less than one percent have admitted to lying to their insurer in order to get a better rate, assuming they’re responding to the survey honestly.

Source: Insurance.com, Ford

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