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DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION

You're probably not reading this while driving, but a new study suggests that if you're like most people you occasionally engage in potentially dangerous, distracting behavior while behind the wheel.

A survey conducted by Response Insurance, a direct-to-consumer auto insurance company, found that 76 percent of all motorists have engaged in such activities while driving in the past six months.

Some of the leading distractions were:

Turning head to speak with a passenger, 56 percent.

Spilling hot coffee on self, 26 percent.

Tapping ashes from a lighted cigarette or cigar, 22 percent.

Combing or brushing hair, 17 percent.

Nose picking, 17 percent.

Arguing with a passenger, 16 percent.

Putting on makeup, 10 percent.

Putting in eye drops or contact lenses, 3 percent.

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