October 07, 2009 12:33 ET

LeaseTrader.com Survey Reveals Which Distractions More Dangerous Than Texting While Driving

Texting a Big Danger, But Are There Larger Driving Distractions?

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - October 7, 2009) - Everyone is talking about the dangers of texting while driving and even President Obama recently signed an executive order prohibiting federal workers from sending text messages while driving government vehicles. But are there other distractions more dangerous than texting while driving that have plagued people for years?

LeaseTrader.com polled more than 3,000 drivers to ask men and women if there are more dangerous driving distractions. Texting while driving is getting the attention but you'd be surprised at what people had to say.

LeaseTrader.com, the nation's most popular online marketplace for auto lease transfers, set up the survey to take the pulse of American drivers. 18.3 percent of men polled think road rage and the temptation for revenge is the highest distraction today. They also think things like checking out other drivers (10.9%) and other passenger conversations (9.5%) are bigger dangers than texting while driving (7.6%).

Naturally, women had other driving distractions in mind with kids in the car being the largest concern for distraction (26.3%). Interestingly enough, women also believe that texting while driving (4.2%) is even less of a concern than men think, and putting on makeup (16.6%) and avoiding inclement weather (8.4%) pose a greater risk.

"Although texting while driving can be very dangerous, these findings indicate that drivers seem to be almost immune to many other distractions that have been around for a long time," said Sergio Stiberman, CEO and founder of LeaseTrader.com. "People can become so absorbed with their conversations or activities that concentrating on driving gets impaired even without texting."

Percentage of drivers that believe the following is the most dangerous distraction today:

Men:
Road Rage Frustration (18.3%)
Eating/Drinking (14.7%)
Checking Out Other Drivers (10.9%)
Kids in Car (9.8%)
Other Passenger Conversations (9.5%)
Reading Paper (9.3%)
Texting While Driving (7.6%)
Other (1.4%)

Women:
Kids in Car (26.3%)
Putting on Makeup (16.6%)
Messing With Radio (10.4%)
Navigation (9.5%)
Avoiding Inclement weather (8.4%)
Other Passengers in Vehicle (7.1%)
Eating/Drinking (6.8%)
Texting While Driving (4.2%)
Other (2.7)

About LeaseTrader.com

LeaseTrader.com easily and affordably matches car shoppers with individuals looking to escape their auto lease. Privately held and founded in 1998, LeaseTrader.com is headquartered in Miami. For more information visit www.leasetrader.com, or call 800-770-0207.