Results of Motorists' Poll May Drive You Crazy

A recent insurance-company survey found 8 of 10 drivers believe they drive safely, and nearly 60 percent say they don't feel distracted on the road. Yet three out of four take phone calls in the car, one-third say they send text or instant messages while on the road, and half eat meals while driving.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

And you commuters out there, put down your cell phone and get this. A recent insurance company survey found eight of 10 drivers think they drive safely. And nearly 60 percent said they aren't distracted. Yet, three out of four take calls in the car, fully a third say they text or instant message on the road. Nearly as many young drivers want Internet access in their car and half eat entire meals while driving.

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