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Women Are More Distracted Behind The Wheel Than Men, Study Reveals


A recent study by one of the car insurance companies represented by Insure Direct has revealed that more women than men are distracted while driving on American roads. Some of the peculiar habits that are rampant among female drivers include: applying makeup, texting, taking photos, changing songs on multimedia devices, adjusting GPS settings and eating while driving. While my wife is not happy I have chosen this discussion for today's post, Sue can't dispute the story and the serious nature of the subject. She also admitted to me she is does not allow herself to become distracted behind the wheel and those whom are guilty of being distracted should consider the safety of others.


The study ran parallel with another one that tested drivers' knowledge about state road rules. The findings were indeed shocking as the given figures show:


• 52% of women drivers admitted that they normally eat while driving. This is a 25% rise compared to the year 2010. 44% of men admitted to doing the same.


•83% of women drivers admit to texting especially when they stop at red lights. 71% of men said that they do the same.


•38% of women drivers claimed that they rarely engage in activities which might distract their driving. 46% of men also claimed the same.


The figures above represent a horrible trend that is widespread in the US. As a result, the Department of Transport has been forced to step up its campaign to reduce this dreadful habit. The DOT sponsored a crackdown on cell phone use on the road in Syracuse, New York and Harford, Connecticut last year. The Syracuse crackdown took place in April, July, October 2010, and again in April of 2011. Spotters were hired to observe the behavior as a flurry of tickets was issued to those found guilty of the offense. Law enforcement agencies issued more than 9,500 tickets in the counties of Syracuse and Onondaga.


In July this year, the New York Commissioner of Motor vehicles announced a 32% decrease in cell phone usage on the road following the revamped efforts to curb the menace. The pilot program witnessed better results in Hartford were cell phone use by drivers cut back by 57%. The DOT plans to launch the program statewide.


According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 20% of road crashes with serious injuries reported in 2009 were as a direct result of distracted driving. This has made it almost impossible to obtain cheap car insurance quotes in many states.


If you have received a citation for using a cell phone or been convicted of other distracted driving issues, your auto insurance may have been increased by your carrier. Insure Direct represents many auto insurance carriers which surcharge less or not at all for these infractions. Once call to Insure Direct (800) 807-0762 will provide you quotes for the nations top 30 auto insurance companies. If you can't save money with us, you can't save money anywhere - PERIOD!


This article was submitted by Robert Levin with the permission of Mike Dortch (we are both employed by Insure Direct)

Top Vancouver Travel Destinations


As one of Canada's most populous cities, Vancouver offers visitors and tourists a unique and exciting experience. There are many attractions and activities that will please even the most discerning of tastes. Be sure to include some of these activities in your itinerary for a trip you won't soon forget.


· Stanley Park: An oasis in the middle of the city; over 1000 acres of lush forests, beaches, lakes, hiking trails, gardens and more. Stanley Park is also home to the Vancouver Aquarium, another must-see attraction.


· Fraser Canyon: Ride the Air Tram over the Fraser River, or take the suspension bridge; explore the seven mountain tunnels, or just take in the amazingly beautiful view. This is definitely not something to be missed.


· Science World: Explore and experiment the world of science; fun for the whole family. You will learn all about things as large as outer space, to things as small as molecules in your body.


· Whale Watching: Take a guided tour and watch these majestic animals in their natural habitat. Many tour companies offer free pick-up from your hotel.


· Gastown: Named after Vancouver's first settler, "Gassy Jack." Stroll down the cobbled streets as you browse art, souvenirs, and antiques from over 150 vendors. Take in the quaint Victorian architecture and courtyards. Visit the micro-brewery and enjoy a beer.


· Classical Chinese Garden: These can be viewed in any kind of weather, all year round. Have a complimentary cup of Chinese tea, as you view the majestic design of the gardens and grounds.


· Burnaby Village Museum and Carousel: You will feel as though you've stepped back in time as you are greeted with period-costumed townsfolk. Visit the general store, or the blacksmith's shop.


· Robson Street: A popular film location shoot, this is European-style street is teeming with sidewalk cafes, coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants and more. It's also a great place to people watch as you sit and have a cup of your favourite coffee.


Vancouver has so much to offer it can be difficult to decide what to do first. Talk to your travel agent and see if any of the above attractions can be included in an all-inclusive package. You'll want to see as many things as you possibly can. Do some online research to see if any of the attractions have discount coupons you can purchase beforehand; a word of caution though - make sure when you buy online, you are buying from a reputable company. You don't want to find out later that you've been scammed.


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