ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ValentineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day, and maybe you’re planning on driving your sweetheart to dinner. Before you do, consider this: romantic distractions while driving can be dangerous year roundÃ‚ Ã¢â‚¬“ not just on Valentine’s Day, according to a poll conducted for InsuranceQuotes.com.
The poll found nearly one-third of American drivers are smooching or engaging in other romantic contact while theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re behind the wheel.
Some 29 percent of drivers surveyed acknowledge theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been amorous behind the wheel throughout the year Ã¢â‚¬“ not just on ValentineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day.
That number climbs to 39 percent for highly educated drivers (at least a bachelorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s degree) and high-income drivers (at least $75,000 in annual earnings).
Over to John Egan, managing editor of InsuranceQuotes.com:
Sixteen percent of fatal crashes in 2009 were attributed to distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Given that statistic, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wise to keep your eyes on the road, rather than on your sweetheart.Ã¢â‚¬
Check out further I.I.I. information on distracted driving.
Hat tip to Insurance Journal for more on this story.