Roughly one-fourth of Millennials admitted to frequentl... Roughly one-fourth of Millennials admitted to frequently talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel (Shutterstock).
Americans are behaving badly while driving, and they know it. A new Harris Poll found the vast majority of Americans recognize the dangers of drunk driving, texting while driving and other distractions, but many still engage in these activities anyway.

According to the poll, nearly all Americans (94 percent) believe drinking three or more drinks then driving is dangerous or very dangerous. Buzzed driving didn't get a pass either: Sixty-eight percent of Americans believe driving after one or two drinks is still a hazard. Still, 37 percent of those surveyed who drink alcohol say they've driven when they knew they probably had too much. Three in ten agreed that they are more likely to get behind the wheel after a few drinks if they only have to drive a short distance.

Texting spurred similar reactions, with 94 percent believing that sending texts while driving is dangerous and 91 percent believing that reading texts while driving is dangerous or very dangerous. Even though texting while driving is known to be highly risky, 45 percent have read texts (15 percent frequently doing so) and 37 percent admitted to sending a text (14 percent doing so frequently) while behind the wheel. Two-thirds of people surveyed said speaking on the phone is dangerous, but only 36 percent said using a hands free device is just as dangerous.

Millennials were the worst offenders in the study. Roughly one-fourth of drivers from this generation admitted to frequently talking on a cell phone, sending text messages and writing text messages while driving. To be fair, previous studies have suggested that parents may be just as guilty of this risky behavior as the younger generations.

Some other scary distractions drivers have copped to: One in four admitted to engaging in personal grooming while driving, another quarter said they posted to social media, 19 percent said they have read a book, magazine or newspaper and 13 percent have watched a video on a smartphone or tablet while behind the wheel.



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