Ten Things Not to Do While Driving

Shaving while Driving

Putting Makeup on while Driving

Texting while Driving

Multi-tasking while Driving

Reading while Driving


My husband and I like to travel and have driven across the country several times because we enjoy a nice road trip. Even when we can’t leave the state we still enjoy a car ride through the city for us it is a nice break from the kids when we don’t have time to go out and just want to spend a few hours together. With so much driving of course we have seen just about everything and we have seen people doing the craziest things in their cars. Just recently we saw the most shocking thing and immediately I came up with a list of 10 things you should not do while driving leaving off the two obvious ones of drinking alcohol and talking on the phone.

I understand that it is a fast paced world and it can be difficult to fit everything into a person’s schedule everyday. So it can be nice to fit as many things possible into a day just to stay ahead. But there is a point and time where it is just not smart to combine certain tasks; this would include doing almost anything while driving.

While I understand some of these items might be offensive to some I must state that I have actually witnessed these activities being done, more than once and felt it was important to put them on the list no matter how disturbing.

You might wonder why I am not including drinking alcohol or talking on the cell phone without a hands-free kit and simply said it is because those should go without saying even though I see this happening all the time. And even though there are laws against both and numerous advertisements and messages against doing either it is still overly abused. There is not a day that goes by that I do not see at least one person usually more than one driving and talking on their cell phone. Usually I can tell that someone is on the phone because of their impaired driving abilities; driving too slow, making furtive movements or making silly moves in their cars. That being said I feel that talking on the phone is a given. Even with leaving off talking on the cell phone I am still amazed by other things that I see people do while driving and unfortunately these people will not learn until something drastic happens to them. So here is my top ten list of what NOT to do while driving….

Number Ten – Eating:

Although I am sure many people have done this, I for one have on several occasions but this is not a good habit to get into. I have actually seen some people take this to the next level. I once saw a person eating a huge slice of pizza while attempting to hold the steering wheel and trying not to let the pizza drip on their white shirt they were wearing. This was obviously too much for this person to handle as they started to encroach upon my lane and when I honked at them it was almost the death of the slice for that poor man. I also witnessed when I was a passenger in a car a person driving while eating with a fork and a plate. I was impressed of course (and scared to death) I mean that takes great eye and hand coordination I can barely get food in my mouth when I am at the table let alone while trying to maneuver a vehicle. But placing a plate in ones lap and being able to maneuver the vehicle while taking bites of spaghetti of all things is simply amazing.

Number Nine - Brushing Hair/Shaving:

I can completely understand the importance of looking your best wherever you might be going but honestly can you really get your hair looking right or shaving your beard while driving down the street and looking in the rearview mirror? I don’t think so. I was actually rear-ended by a woman who was brushing her hair while driving. She had actually dropped her brush, tried to retrieve it and BAM! Hit my car. Just recently I have seen more and more men shaving as they are driving down the road obviously on their way to work maybe even woke up late. The amount of time it takes to shave or brush your hair is so short do it before you get in the car or just as you get out while you are parked somewhere; this might not save time but it will sure save you from an accident.

Number Eight - Putting on Makeup:

The only thing I can think of is more power to you because I am afraid of being poked in the eye while putting on mascara in front of my mirror at home I can only imagine what happens while driving, one wrong move and the worst that can happen is you poke your eye out or else come out looking like a clown in the circus. I understand that putting on make up takes some time and being able to do it on the drive in will save some time. However how can you concentrate on the road if you are constantly looking in your mirror to make sure you are not messing up? Take a few moments to put your make up on before you start driving or at least when you are at a red light.

Number Seven - Texting:

This is the latest trend that I have been seeing especially since talking on the cell phone without a hands-free kit is against the law in most states. This trend has got to be the most annoying one. I have heard horror stories about the things that happen when someone is texting while driving. From bus crashes to train crashes and everything in between texting is truly causing major accidents. I even have an acquaintance that is currently recovering from an accident he was in while texting. He now has a steel plate in his leg and has finished almost six months of rehab. His car was totaled all because he just had to send a text while driving. Is that message really that important?

Number Six - Flossing Teeth:

Unless you have those new and hip flossers then this is really a two hand activity. But yet I have seen several people flossing their teeth using their elbows or knees to drive while they make sure their teeth are taken care of. I have also seen people brushing their teeth as well. And while I am all about good oral hygiene I truly think that there is a limit, I mean really people there is a time and a place for everything. I understand that it needs to be done but at least wait until your car is stopped so that you can really get whatever crap there is stuck between your teeth.

Number Five - Changing Clothes:

Now I have changed clothes in the car before just out of necessity but not while driving. It just seems so simple to pull over change quickly and then get back on the road. When you are changing clothes you are not watching the road, especially if you are pulling a shirt over your head those are precious seconds even moments when you are unable to see anything at all. I can understand if you have to take off your jacket because you are hot but honestly this is something that can be done when you are at a stop just so that you and those on the road are safe.

Number Four – Masturbating:

Normally I would never discuss anything of this type but after witnessing more than one person doing this while driving I feel that it is necessary to mention. Although I am impressed since it takes great hand eye coordination this truly seems like a no brainer. I mean first of all it is completely illegal to do in public and second of all if it is a thrill factor you are seeking try something where other lives are not at risk. It might serve you better to hold that thought until you are in a different location.

Number Three – Multitasking:

This goes out to those drivers that eat, drink, talk on the phone and drive all at the same time. For them it is not simply drive and do something else, no they need to be doing five different things while driving just to increase those chances of something happening. I have to say multitasking period is a difficult venture but doing it while driving is taking it to a completely different level. And while I applaud the efforts I still feel it best if those things were done while the car was at a stop or parked to decrease the chances of something fatal occurring.

Number Two – Reading:

Now this simply amazes me. Of course I live by the mantra “Easily Distracted” I even have a shirt that I wear that says just that. Only because it is true I am easily distracted. I enjoy reading a good book just like any one else but I still cannot understand how one can read while driving. I like to get involved in my book and if I get involved in the book then my focus would not be on the road. I am still not sure how someone could completely focus on both possibly because it is impossible. So put down that book and pick up before you go to bed or when you have free time; remember free time does not mean while you are driving down the highway.

Number One - Having Sex:

And just like with number four I would never think of mentioning something like this if I had not seen it with my own eyes. Very disturbing I might add. Now don’t get me wrong I understand the excitement angle on this one but the danger involved is simply over the top. Sure it sounds like fun or does it?!? Again there is a time and place for everything and driving down the street is just not a good choice. Excitement or not there are other ways to get that over the top excitement without endangering others.

Honorable Mention - Nose Picking:

This is an honorable mention because although it does not impair ones driving it is really annoying and disgusting. I mean come on is it really necessary? Do you really think that no one can see you doing that? It amazes me how many people actually pick their noses in the car while driving. If I see 10 people maybe only 1 of them actually uses a tissue. The ones that disgust me the most are those that actually eat it. I am talking about grown adults, men and women in business attire. I don’t think you would do this at a board meeting so why in your car? I do have a funny story about going for a job interview I was a bit early since I did not know my way around the area. I was at a stop light and it was seasonably warm so my windows were down. I turn to the car next to me and see a woman picking her nose, I mean she was going to town and I just said really loudly, “That is disgusting!” It caught her attention and you could tell she was slightly embarrassed. Of course you know how the story ends; this was the woman that was interviewing me. I just couldn’t bring myself to shake her hand. I did not get the job from said nose picker but maybe that is a good thing, I mean first impressions tend to stick with you forever and my First Impression of her digging in her nose was not a good one.

The point is that there is really no need to do anything else while driving. I am not saying that you have to have your hands at 10 and 2 at all times but at least be focused on the road and ready for what might happen. Take your time and do those other things when you are at a stop or when your car is parked. Things can change in an instant and being distracted while driving can have seriously negative consequences. Stay smart and stay safe.

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Great hub! Several times I have almost been hit by people doing their makeup and talking on their cell phones.

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Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast Author

Thank you SweetiePie. I cannot even count how many times I have almost been hit by people doing things while driving. Hopefully people will figure it out before its too late! Thanks again for your comments.

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Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

Angela 8 years ago

As of Jan. 1, it is now illegal in the state of California to text while driving. I've done 5, 7 and 10. I've been behind a car where a woman did #1 to the driver (suffice it to say that the passenger's head disappeared for a while). And most memorable of all, I had a guy in the car next to me try to get my attention to watch him do #4 as we were driving down the freeway.

I've also seen other things that didn't make the list, like the guy I was stuck behind in traffic who kept picking scabs off the back of his hairline along his neck and eating them. Or how about holding your kid on your lap, ala Britney Spears! LOL!

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Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast Author

Angela, hopefully soon other states will follow suit. There is a law against talking on cell phones without a hands free kit here but you cannot be pulled over for doing it so I see it all the time. I am sorry that you had to witness both 1 and 4 having witnessed them too I feel that pain. I would say for you especially in that traffic you could probably get away with texting since its basically at a stand still. lol. Thanks for your comments always a laugh!!

Angela 8 years ago

Another one to add to the list: operating a GPS. Even though the darn things are intended to be used while driving and the start-up screen usually includes some warning about not touching it while driving, sometimes it's unavoidable to need to type in a new destination or try to find a detour, all of which equals more distraction and less eyes on the road.

Fortunately, some GPS makers, like Garmin, have come out with voice-activated systems where instead of punching buttons on the screen to enter your destination, you just say where you want to go and the unit finds it.

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Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast Author

That is a good one Angela and so true. Voice activated would be much better than having to look at the screen continually and having that added distraction. Thanks again!

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LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

several people in the UK have been jailed for years for causing death by dangerous driving by texting and driving.

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Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast Author

LondonGirl, That is so sad that people are being killed by dangerous driving. However I think if the repercussions and laws were much tougher it would help to eliminate some of the problems. Thanks for your comments.

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jcd302 8 years ago from Clarksville, MI

Picking nose.... just remember where the airbag is directed if it goes off. Might have to be a closed casket.

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Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast Author

jcd, so true that would not be a pretty sight. But oh well the pickers will just keep on picking.

kenzie 7 years ago

i found u while looking for the top ten things u shouldn't do while driving because we need to do a project for drivers ed and i think u did good but i can not believe someone would have sex while driving that is crazy

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Thank you Kenzie, I have seen it all unfortunately. I have heard of others seeing the same thing so its not that rare!!

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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Whoa. I've seen a bumper sticker on a car that said, "Don't tailgate me or I'll flick a booger on your windshield." Now THAT is an effective anti-tailgating tactic!!

Very funny, Triplet Mom.

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Proud Mom, I love it!! That is a great bumpersticker. I often think I need signs in my car to flash to different drivers one of which would be Please Turn Off Your Turn Signal....lol

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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

You and I must think alot alike, then.

I'll fess up and tell you that my dad snuck that bumper sticker on my car when I was in high school. He won't tell me how long it was there before I discovered it. We've had this "booger" thing going ever since. His Christmas present this year was in a large bag with a picture of a boy with a finger up his nose. It said "Hand Picked for You!"

Probably too much information, huh? :-) Have a great evening!

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Proud Mom, I love it!! You two have a great sense of humor. That sounds like total fun!!

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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Until someone overhears a joke and doesn't understand that it's a joke. Oh, I''m sorry, then it's extra funny!

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rajkrishna 7 years ago from Chennai

good hub keep posting

effalicious 7 years ago

Wow masturbating lol, now how desperate is that

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Effalicious - Yes people do the strangest things while driving!! Now it just doesn't surprise me anymore. I recently read about a woman who was pulled over for talking on the phone and breast-feeding her child.

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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

I had to come back and re-read. This one is so good!!

The guy in the multi-tasking video--could he have been any closer to the steering wheel. Appeared to be a later model vehicle that would have airbags. Can you imagine?!??!!!!

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

PM - Thank you!! Since writing this I have seen so many more things I might have to add to my list. I am all about multitasking but that is just way too risky, I hadn't noticed before how close he was you are right lol. Just crazy!!

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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

LOL! I too have seen these things going on. In NM, I would occasionally eat while driving, but now that I am back East I concentrate...not only on my driving, but on the driving of all the crazies around me. Although, I will put on lipstick or brush my hair if I am stopped at a light :)

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

K - I don't mind the putting on makeup at the light, in fact that is a smart move. Its the driving with no hands on the wheel or one hand on the wheel while doing 50 million other things except concentrating on the road. I think we have all done at least one of these things at one time, I know I have. Thanks for your comments.

southshores 7 years ago

I just read that driving while asleep (or passed out on alcohol) unfortunately is also fairly common and can result in terrible accidents.

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Southshores - Yes being intoxicated while driving or sleeping while driving is truly a deadly combination.

jimi 7 years ago

hi, i need to know how to tell a woman driving in front of me or back that you like her?

I have noticed a number of times that woman driving in front of me starts touching her hairs again and again. is it a sign that she is interested in me?

u know sometime you see such beauties that you definitely want them.



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ReverseMobileInfo 7 years ago

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afghanprincess 7 years ago

Your hub was amazing! (and all true) lol

but ca u tell me how much money you get? please!

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Thank you Afghan Princess.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

i know a man who always reads a book on his daily commutes to work. He has about an hour drive and loves to read while driving. Scary!!! Somebody should introduce him to audio books on CD.

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

KCC - That is frightening, and exactly why there are audio books. I am surprised he hasn't been in an accident or caused one.

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Hammerj 7 years ago from Cebu City

This message and images that you have is very import and very informative...this will give and inform that drive is a serious thing, one mistakes makes life miserable so we must be concentrate on it..

very informative topic..two thumbs up

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Thank you Hammerj. Yes people should pay attention to the road while they are driving because one second can make a difference.

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I try to behave when I am driving. But once I was so hungry I ate a couple of biscuits along the way. Hahahaha I am also guilty of talking on the cellphone but I make sure I have my headset on. :)

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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

I heard of a person in England being seen playing a trumpet in his car whilst driving down the motorway. Amazing !!

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Ripplemaker - I am guilty of doing a few things while driving. But some people go above and beyond the scary while driving.

Mistyhorizon - I would freak out if I saw someone playing a trumpet and driving.....that is just crazy!!! lol.

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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Yes it is crazy, I can't imagine why he was doing it unless it was the only opportunity he got to practice. What is worse is the speed limit on a motorway is 70 mph, so he must have been going pretty quick.

I suppose it is a good thing he wasn't into drumming or playing the double bass :)

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Wow that is simply crazy. I cannot even put my mind around it!! lol

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LiamAnderson 7 years ago

I was in a bus in Baku, Azerbaijan where the driver was taking hairpin bends at well over 30 mph, (50 KPH to the Euros) while holding a cigarette, taking money from passengers and giving change, making rude gestures at other drivers, talking to his friend on the other seat and changing stations on the radio!

No one, of course, seemed to think this was in any way extraordinary!

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast Author

Liam - That is just crazy! I am surprised that the driver didn't get into an accident.

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ahostagesituation 6 years ago

I LOVE this, wonderfully done. I was trying to say the say thing to my friends and I wrote a note to FB, and then published it as a hub, check it out you'll get this: To The Olympic Committee: A Request.

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Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast Author

Thank you ahostagesituation!! I will have to check it out.

Gatwick girl 5 years ago

I was on a coach years ago in France when the drivers actually swapped places when the coach was still travelling along the road! I was very scared.

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Triplet Mom 5 years ago from West Coast Author

Sounds scary Gatwick Girl!!

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To Start Again 5 years ago

I am amazed at some of thethings peole try when they are driving. I can barely text when I'm standing still, much less while I'm trying to drive!! And is that girl up there eating soup?!?! I do good to take a drink from a straw in the car without spilling it. Maybe I'm just really bad at multi tasking...Ok, I KNOW I'm not good at multi tasking but still...

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Triplet Mom 5 years ago from West Coast Author

To Start Again trust me I feel the same way. I am always amazed at what I see people doing while driving. Scares the hell out of me! I am a good multitasker but NOT while driving. I have enough trouble doing just that!!

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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I have a very foolish young friend whom I have seen do just about everything behind the wheel of the car. She reads mail, catches up on her checkbook ledger, puts on her make-up, cell and texting,change her clothes, search through her purse for some lost item,eating, smoking, pays bills. I don't know about sex and I don't want to know. I am in really upset that she does not make her 8 year old boy wear a seat belt, and technically, because he is only 50 pounds, he should still be in a child seat. This makes me so angry. She gets so put out when I ask her to put down what she's doing while I am in the car. I shame her into making her boy wear his belt. She does not wear one either.

I do not have my own transportation right now so I am always getting rides with people. It's scary what they try to do when I am in the car. Even the transport company employees who take me to my appointments use their cell phones. They have the hands free deals, but still use their phone a lot. Good hub.

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Triplet Mom 5 years ago from West Coast Author

lambservant - Oh no your friend sounds very scary. Also very lucky that nothing has happened to her or her son. I am glad that you make her son put on a seatbelt while you are in the car.

dick perry 5 years ago

I am a men of forty one years old. I pick my nose everywher I go.when I pick my nose sometimes I eat like huge boogers,digging from more than an hour, blood startcooming from my nose.I dont know what to do about this situation,I cant help it,if i use a hankerchief i rather start digging and searching for boogers and not blow up my nose.

niga 3 years ago

i hated it

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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

This was a great list of things not to do on a car ride-some of them I would never think of doing. I agree with you on texting for sure. Voted up for useful!

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