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Survey: 1 in 10 U.S. drivers have had sex behind the wheel

It also found that 15 percent would consider having sex while driving if no one could see them.

By Douglas Newcomb Oct 30, 2013 6:28AM

While online surveys are usually hit or miss on accuracy, this one has us pegged: One in 10 American drivers have engaged in sexual activity while behind the wheel. And 15 percent said they would consider having sex behind the wheel if they knew no one could see them, while 9 percent would drive naked.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive for Telenav, asked more than 1,800 adult drivers in the U.S. about their own dangerous activities behind the wheel, what they would do if they knew no one was watching, what they would give up for a week without traffic and their favorite driving pet peeves. The survey, unlike others only polling users of a particular website, was sampled across the entire U.S. and scaled to represent the bulk of the country's drivers, according to Telenav.

The results give a sometimes funny but sobering look at on-the-road activities and attitudes, and how they break down by age and gender.

Of the 11 percent of respondents who said they have participated in sexual activity behind the wheel, three times more men (17 percent) confessed to doing it than women (5 percent). The survey also found that drivers ages 35 to 44 admitted to sex while driving (18 percent) more than 18- to 34-year-olds (17 percent), followed by 45- to 54-year-olds (8 percent) and drivers 55 or older (5 percent).

When asked about behaviors they would engage in if they knew people couldn’t see them, more than half (54 percent) said they would sing aloud in their cars. Almost a third (30 percent) would consider picking their nose, 15 percent would contemplate having sex and 9 percent would ponder driving naked.

The survey also found that, of the people who said they had narrowly escaped a fender bender, 21 percent were participating in a sexual activity. The highest number (30 percent) were using a phone to talk or text while driving, while almost as many (27 percent) were applying makeup.

When asked what they would give up for a week in exchange for seven days without traffic, nearly half said alcohol or social media (49 and 47 percent, respectively) and 35 percent said caffeine. More than a quarter (27 percent) said they would abstain from sex for one week in exchange for a week without traffic.

Abstinence in exchange for clear roadways also broke down along age lines. Those between 21 and 34 years were more likely to give up alcohol (55 percent) than those 55 or older (46 percent), while almost twice as many drivers ages 18 to 34 (49 percent) said they would give up caffeine compared to those 55 or older (27 percent). Women (37 percent) said they were almost two and a half times more likely than men (16 percent) to give up sex for traffic-free roads.

Perhaps least surprising is what people find most frustrating about other drivers. Tailgating led the pack (69 percent), followed by drivers on the phone (65 percent), slowpokes in the fast lane (63 percent), throwing trash out of a car window (62 percent) and road rage (61 percent).

[Source: Telenav]

Nov 8, 2013 4:15AM
People talking on the phone and/or texting  is my number one gripe, and, when I'm on my Harley, they scare the s**t out of me.
Nov 2, 2013 10:12AM
I have to note, there is an obvious correlation between 'what people find the most frustrating about other drivers'. Tailgating leads the pack, while slow drivers in the fast lane is within 6% of this survey poll.  Perhaps if those people frustrated with those tailgating would take the hint,  speed up stay in a more appropriate lane,  or get over... the top most frustrating thing (tailgating) would go to last place!!
Nov 8, 2013 7:14AM
Nice to know my fellow drivers are paying attention to the road and have their driving skills honed to a fine edge.

Road rage is bad, of course, but in most cases road rage is brought on by road stupidity such as these outlined here.  Pay attention.  Even though the police are chronically locked on speeders (#6 cause of accidents by the NHTSA), distracted driving is the actual #1 cause of accidents.  Yes, people get outraged with your behavior, but if they show it publicly, THEY suffer the legal consequences.  Until you text your way into a bridge abutment, that is.  Then they get a wry laugh at your late expense.

Oh, by the way...if you are having sex in the car everyone in a 4wd pickup or larger truck can see you from their lofty vantage point, and hopefully can post those pictures online for your undying embarrassment forever.

Nov 8, 2013 12:03PM

Am I the only one who sees this sign????
Nov 8, 2013 8:08AM

smoking a cigarette while rolling a joint doing 65 in traffic back in 70' while drunk and never took my eye off the road or drifted out of my lane...cell phones were not happening back then...


I've been there.  It's was easy to drive until the finish.

Nov 8, 2013 7:50AM
People who like to have sex while driving should be legally required to purchase one of the new self-driving cars when they come out. 
Problem solved... and everybody's happy.  
We should also make it a requirement that such cars have darkened windows… otherwise it could lead to distracted driving incidents for those still piloting their own vehicles.
Nov 8, 2013 8:12AM
In MD it is called contributory negligence.
Nov 8, 2013 8:30AM
It most likely doesn't make any difference - Man VS Woman oddities where to have sex or even to have it. Guy's just need a place, not a reason. The ultimate pleasure while driving?  been there done that -- I just what to get a certificate for the "Mile High Club" if I get a chance.
Nov 8, 2013 9:07AM
California is #1 the worst accident in the United State. Believe me, I was born and raised here in California.
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