Why Drivers Are Even More Dangerous Than You Thought, In One Chart

06/19/2014 12:40 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2014

Road-trip season is upon us. Whether you're caravanning up to a beach house or dropping the kids off at camp, the summer months are some of the busiest on the roads. And that means it can be an exceptionally dangerous time, as well -- especially considering the results of a new Harris survey.

According to the Harris survey of more than 2,000 adults, Americans know what constitutes dangerous driving, but they still cop to doing it -- including driving while texting (!) and driving after too many drinks (!!). For example, despite a majority of those surveyed affirming that driving while talking on the phone is dangerous, 74 percent said they still did it. And while seven in 10 people knew that driving while talking on a hand-held phone was dangerous, only about half that number thought driving while talking on a hands-free device was also bad news. Though a minority, this group is right -- when it comes to traffic accident risk and reaction time, hands-free conversations have been comparable to hand-held in research.

What's more, nearly one-third of respondents said they're more apt to drive after too many drinks if they're just going a short distance.

Really guys? Let's take a long, hard look at what we're doing.

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