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ha pple... bad driving ahead!
Are you a dangerous driver? 10 ways to tell
Bad habits range from road rage to eating while driving. Compare yourself with these accident magnets from Boston. Do you see yourself here?
Surely you've seen them on the road: They're swerving in and out of lanes, ignoring rules of the road, and engaging in other rude -- and dangerous -- behavior. Or maybe you are that bad driver?
Compare yourself with a focus group of 30 drivers from Boston who have collectively been involved in 84 accidents over the past three years and received 49 speeding tickets, 39 moving violations and 92 parking tickets. Take a look at these questions to find out if you fit the profile.
When you reach a stop sign and no one is coming from another direction, do you roll through instead of stopping? An overwhelming majority (87%) of the bad drivers say they should be able to speed, go through stop signs, and break other driving rules and regulations as long as no one gets hurt.
Do you talk on the cell phone while driving instead of pulling off and stopping to talk? A total of 77% of bad drivers say they do this either frequently or occasionally. Only 13% say they never talk on a cell phone while driving.
Do you take your coffee and muffin or other food and drink on the road with you, driving with one hand while using the other to eat? Some 60% of those in the study say they either frequently or occasionally eat while they're driving. In fact, several of the participants say they have spilled drinks and attempted to clean up the spill while driving.
If you're out shopping in a crowded area and are looking for a parking space, do you become so focused on your search that you lose sight of the cars and pedestrians around you? More than half of the participants say that when they're trying to find a parking space in a crowded area, they can become so focused that they become oblivious to other drivers and pedestrians and often get into accidents, whether on the street or in a parking lot.
Do you hate driving behind SUVs or other large vehicles that obstruct your view? More than 60% of bad drivers say they are frustrated driving behind SUVs because they are wide and tall and block their vision. In fact, more than 70% believe SUVs should be required to drive in a separate lane on the highway.
Does your driving change when you go into areas with higher police presence? Nearly all of the participants strongly agree with the statement that they drive more carefully when they know police are in the area. In addition, most participants say they check their rearview mirrors regularly for police cars.
Does listening to music while you drive sometimes leave you oblivious to all but the music? Some 93% of participants say they listen to the radio while driving, and 73% of them listen to music. Most say listening to the radio has often caused them to become distracted and in some cases they say listening to loud music has caused them to be more aggressive on the highway.
Do you find yourself in confrontations on the road, either through verbal arguments or hand gestures, because of either your own driving habits or the habits of others? While 87% of the bad drivers consider themselves at least somewhat courteous drivers if not very courteous, at least half also admit making obscene or rude gestures or comments to other drivers, particularly those who cut in front of them on the highway. Participants also say, however, that they appreciate a thank-you gesture for letting another driver into their lane, and often give a wave of thanks themselves when they cut into traffic.
Does your "work hard, play hard" lifestyle leave you sleepy behind the wheel at times? About 50% of those in the study say they have almost fallen asleep while driving and an additional 10% say they have wanted to shut their eyes while driving and almost did. The study found that most participants lead a busy lifestyle that sometimes leaves them sleep-deprived.
When you're driving with passengers, do you turn around to talk, taking your eyes and mind off the road? Nearly all group members acknowledged that they are distracted when they have passengers in their vehicles, and most say during conversations they'll turn their heads and stop paying attention to the road. This held true especially for drivers with small children.
If your answers agree with the answers from the focus group, it's likely you tend to be a more aggressive driver than average. Like members of the study, you may also pay more for your auto insurance. Within the study group, 53% pay a surcharge on their auto insurance because of their driving records.
!Outgoing, confident, and a menace
These bad drivers have other characteristics that you may recognize in your own life. Most say they lead very stressful lives without enough time to accomplish all their activities in a day. They all consider themselves either somewhat or very outgoing, and all have a fair to great amount of confidence in the way they behave. And 90% say they've told a "little white lie" to protect someone's feelings.
The group was broken down into three age groups, from 18 to 25 years old, 26 to 45 years old, and 46 to 59 years old. There were 19 men and 11 women in the study, commissioned by RightFind Technology, a company developing new products to help insurers make better decisions on auto insurance rates for specific drivers.
While the study is based on a small group and should be considered a hypothesis rather than a conclusion, "our study identified several personality attributes that seem clearly linked to accident involvement," says Donald Bashline, one of the owners of RightFind. "Witnessing these focus groups was a revelation."
EXTRA EXTRA COME READ ABOUT IT!!!!! HA THE REASONS TO BENNIFER'S BREAK UP...
Bennifer: The Aftermath
The scoop on the Ben and Jen split. Plus, Ashton's engagement rumors
By Kat Giantis
Jan. 23, 2004
The positive reviews are finally rolling in for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez -- the end of their relationship is, sadly, winning raves. As we all know by now, the beast known as Bennifer is no more. So what the heck happened? Despite Lopez's rep asking that everyone "respect her privacy" during "this difficult time," the endless speculation as to what ultimately doomed their tabloid-bait romance has begun
As a public service, we've provided a rundown of the breakup reports, which we're guessing will soon be followed by the inevitable reconciliation rumors:
* Us Weekly, which first reported the split, says the end of the "Gigli" co-stars 18-month-long love affair came on January 20, just days after Affleck returned from the Sundance Film Festival, where he told reporters, "Everything's going along fine. We're good." His remarks were in response to rumors that trouble was a-brewin' after Jen met up with former flame Sean "P. Diddy" Combs in Miami while Ben was in Europe (the rap mogul has insisted it was completely innocent). A few days later, J. Lo was spotted without her custom-made, 6.1-carat Harry Winston pink diamond engagement ring.
* Us says the decision to part was mutual, a claim disputed by the New York Post. "She broke up with him. It's definitely not the other way around," a source tells the paper. "They're just not comfortable. She doesn't want a third divorce under her belt."
* Blame for the bust-up is being placed on Affleck's inability to settle down. According to Us, Lopez was anxious to marry and start a family with the teetotaling but hard-partying, gambling-loving Oscar-winner, and wasn't thrilled when he was snapped Jan. 10 with buddy Matt Damon surrounded by a bevy of lovelies in a German nightclub. "She was tired of waiting for him to come around," a source tells the magazine.
* Jen isn't staying secluded in the wake of the split. A ringless Lopez (still no word on who gets custody of the rock) was spotted Wednesday night dining in Los Angeles with her business reps. "She was laughing and talking the entire night," a spy tells Us. "She looked more relieved than upset." The megastar plans to attend Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, but won't be walking the red carpet.
* Ben was also out and about Wednesday night, reportedly gambling with pals in L.A. into the pre-dawn hours, but he apparently wasn't as perky as his ex. "Ben looked really, really tired," an eyewitness tells Us. "He looked down." The New York Post reports that when paparazzi caught up with him at a pizza place in West Hollywood Thursday afternoon, he refused to comment on his former fiancée, joking, "Look, there goes Michael Jackson." Adds his rep to the New York Daily News, "We don't want to get dragged into quicksand. Everybody wants a war. It's not happening from our side."
HA! BRITNEY SPEARS ACTING AGAIN?!
Britney Knocks on "Door"
Britney Spears apparently had so much fun playing a bride that she's ready to tackle more substantial roles. Variety reports that the pop starlet has inked a deal to star in and produce "Door to Door," the story of a Michigan teen (based on the book by Tobi Tobin) with Hollywood dreams who moves to Los Angeles, where she hooks up with a movie star and lands a job working the door at the town's hottest club. As the trade explains, "Suddenly doors open for her." Oy. Anyway, Spears, who made her big screen debut in the mixed bag "Crossroads," is also eyeing roles in "The Dukes of Hazzard" and the Tim Allen comedy "In the Pink."
ED WINCES: PLS BRITNEY STICK TO BABY ONE MORE TIME.