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Children more distracting for drivers than texting

Posted on: October 13, 2009

As the federal government looks to ban texting while driving, a new survey finds that isn?t the most dangerous distraction for drivers: Kids and road rage are.

The survey of more than 3,000 drivers also found a distinct difference between men and women when it comes to distractions on the road, according to, which conducted the poll.

For 18.3 percent of men, road rage frustration was the most dangerous distraction, followed by eating/drinking (14.7 percent), checking out other drivers (10.9 percent) and kids in the car (9.8 percent).

For women, kids in the car were the No. 1 distraction (26.3 percent) followed by putting on makeup (16.6 percent), messing with the radio (10.4 percent) and navigation (9.5 percent). Women did not cite road rage as a distraction.

Just 7.6 percent of men and 4.2 percent of women cited texting while driving as a dangerous distraction.

Last week, the Obama administration said it was cracking down on texting while driving. The president signed an executive order directing federal employees not to text-message while driving government-owned vehicles, when using electronic equipment while driving, or while driving their own vehicles while conducting government business.

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