The great American road show Passing sights

November 01, 1998|By Los Angeles Times

You have probably heard of people who shave or brush their teeth while driving, but what about motorists who argue with their dogs, accidentally set themselves on fire with matches or debate puppets in their cars?

According to a new survey by Pennzoil, those are a few of the strange behaviors reported by American drivers.

Other findings:

Southerners are the most likely to floss their teeth on the road.

Motorists in the Pacific Northwest are the most inclined to talk to themselves or argue with other passengers.

Midwesterners are more apt to change their clothes in traffic.

Californians are the least likely to read while driving.

One of the strangest statistics is that 46 percent of women and 4 percent of men nationwide say they've applied makeup on the road.

Pennzoil also compiled a list of the funniest things seen while driving, which included parrots perched on steering wheels, iguanas lounging on dashboards, various romantic encounters, a car full of clowns and another vehicle in which all three occupants were chattering on cell phones.

In other words, America's highways are out of control.

Pub date 11/1/98

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