51 CRAZY Things People Do While Driving

by Sherry Riter in Humor,Safety

Alyssa pretending to do crazy things while driving

Special thanks to Alyssa for pretending to do crazy things while driving so that I could have a photo for this post.

Performing the tasks required to make the vehicle get from point A to point B should be the most important things you do while driving. Even though many states have laws banning the use of cell phones while driving, there are so many other things people do other than remaining focused on the most important task at hand.

Unfortunately, I am guilty of believing that multi-tasking is an efficient use of time. If truth be told, I really don’t like driving unless no one else is on the road. Driving defensively in order to avoid the consequences of other people’s choices is not fun. Really! Just think about it for a minute.

Since driving is unavoidable, I have spent many years observing the things people do while driving. I can hear all the fitness buffs and eco-friendly people say, “Ride your bicycle.” Let me snuff that one out really quickly. No. I can not even imagine trying to pedal to work each morning. I’d have to get up at midnight in order to get there in time. The bicycle idea is vehemently thrown into the circular file.

Anyway, I haven’t been THAT bad while driving. Okay, maybe I was rather bad when I was in my 20’s, but after Alyssa was born I changed my wicked ways! As the bumper sticker states, I had “A Baby On Board” and I believed her safety to be my responsibility. Her birth marked the beginning of my motherhood and my new role of defensive driver.

So the key in being a good driver is focusing on the task of driving and always being alert to the actions of other drivers. Everyone doesn’t follow that line of thinking, so people continue to do the craziest things while behind the wheel of their automobiles.

51 CRAZY Things People Do While Driving

In no particular order, let me shed the light on some of the craziest things people do while driving. Some of the things on the list are seriously crazy because they are so unsafe! Some of these crazy things have not been witnessed by me and I have only heard second hand. Of course, we all have seen #1 and been equally grossed out. If you are an offender of #1, please don’t tell me!

  1. Pick nose – Yes, we see you.
  2. Eat a full meal – Cereal with milk? Really?
  3. Fist pump to the music
  4. Solve the Rubik’s cube
  5. File fingernails
  6. Color with a box of 64 Crayolas
  7. Dress, undress or redress
  8. Wave a gun around like a madman
  9. Paint fingernails
  10. Talk to a mannequin head sitting in the passenger seat
  11. Dance enthusiastically
  12. Read a book
  13. Brush teeth with toothpaste and a glass of water
  14. Sing
  15. Clip toenails
  16. Shave face with an electric razor
  17. Do homework
  18. Text – Yes! It is crazy to do this while driving!
  19. Drink alcohol
  20. Put contacts in eyes
  21. Tweeze eyebrows
  22. Blow dry hair by using the heat vents
  23. Play Barbies with child in the front seat
  24. Shave face with a razor blade AND shaving cream
  25. Floss teeth
  26. Have the left foot hang out the driver’s window
  27. Put on makeup including mascara
  28. Have various forms of sex – No, I’m not going to elaborate. Use your imagination!
  29. Brush hair and spray it with hair spray
  30. Clean the dashboard and windows
  31. Smoke pot with the windows rolled down and the sunroof open while driving past the police station
  32. Snap pictures with a camera
  33. Urinate in a cup
  34. Put hair rollers in hair
  35. Read the newspaper with it stretched out over the steering wheel
  36. Pretend to play the drums on the steering wheel
  37. Steer with knees
  38. Record a video
  39. Cut her own hair
  40. Pet a cat laying between the steering wheel and the windshield
  41. Pass food to the kid who was laying in the back window
  42. Lean to one side while having both feet on the dashboard
  43. Pop pimples – I know! That’s just so gross!
  44. Knit. Yes, knitting with yarn.
  45. Passionately kiss with eyes CLOSED
  46. Arm around a plastic doll
  47. Type on laptop
  48. Feed a baby a bottle. Mother driving and baby in the back seat.
  49. Talk on two cell phones at one time
  50. Let a large bird stand on the steering wheel
  51. Exercise with hand weights

Unfortunately, people believe that the car is an extension of their home which is why they perform the above tasks while driving. Doing anything on the list is totally crazy because it is UNSAFE. Well, the first one isn’t as unsafe for the driver as it is for everyone else that has to see it. But in all seriousness, as funny as the list appears, doing anything other than focusing on driving is not only crazy, but extremely dangerous.

Up until a few years ago, I believed that I could multi-task while driving. I now know it was a false belief. Driving needs 100 percent of our focus ALL the time. One of the magnificent seven told me last week that, “Driving a motorcycle requires more attention than driving in a car.” I totally understood his logic. Motorcycle drivers are completely exposed and extremely vulnerable compared to a driver surrounded by the metal of an automobile. The more I thought I about what he said, the more convinced I am that drivers of automobiles should be as vigilant at being focused on driving as motorcycle operators.

I’ve personally seen people do about two thirds of the things on the list of 51 CRAZY Things People Do While Driving. Let’s all laugh at the list, but when we get behind the wheel of our automobiles, let’s stay focused on driving and ONLY driving. Did you think of things not on the list? What kind of crazy things have you seen people do while driving?

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Skip_D May 14, 2012 at 7:29 am

A couple that can be added are

• fishing between legs for a dropped burning cigar, cigarette, or pipe
• reaching around on the floor for dropped French fries
• trying to retrieve & rebag spilled groceries that fell off the passenger seat when braking hard

No, I’ve never done any of these. Never. Well, I don’t smoke.


2 The Redhead Riter May 14, 2012 at 8:22 am


Those are great! The first one is OUCH! I’m glad I don’t smoke. It would be just one more way to injure myself. LOL

Alyssa thought I was crazy wanting a pic with her doing all that stuff, but I’m glad she did it!


3 Skip_D May 14, 2012 at 7:30 am

I love the photo!


4 Susanne May 14, 2012 at 7:40 am

Happy belated Mother’s Day Red Riter. I have to chuckle or maybe I should just hide in shame after reading the Top 51 Most Irresponsible List. I have had to initial several of them. Granted, as the decades march on my stupidity has decreased, considerably. My poor guardian angel must be exhausted, after working all of the overtime that was required to keep both me and others safe. I could add one more item to this list and it has to do with the sunroofs of cars, but I’m not sure that I am willing that I was such a moron at the ripe old age of 17. Maybe you could one day outline insane things people do on the “T” or as other people call it the subway. It’s ripe for the “riting”. Have the best Monday you possibly can.


5 The Redhead Riter May 14, 2012 at 8:24 am

Thanks Susanne!

I’m glad you are doing less things on the list now. How old do you have to be to stop doing all of them? LOL


6 Barbara May 14, 2012 at 8:33 am

Yes, I agree that on a motorcycle we have to be extra vigilant and drive as though everybody else has a death wish out for us because with all the things they’re doing in their cars besides driving, they actually do! Last year a kid pulled out in front of my husband riding his motorcycle. Of course the kid was busy texting instead of looking to see if anyone was coming. Luckily my husband was able to slow down enough that when he hit the pickup, flew over it, and landed on his back on the pavement, he just had a broken wrist. But he was wearing all the protective gear too. Without that, I don’t know.


7 The Redhead Riter May 14, 2012 at 9:00 am


That is so scary!!!! It could have been so much worse! I’m so glad he wasn’t hurt worse.


8 Dane Zeller May 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

Sometimes people…”Hey, moron, you almost hit me!!”…are reading their email…”Yeah, you, a$$hole!!…hold on, just a minute, red, I’m dealing with some serious moronic traffic here…sometimes people comment on blogs…”Your mother, too, buddy!”….while they’re driving.


9 The Redhead Riter May 14, 2012 at 11:00 am


I KNOW you were not on your cell phone driving while you made that comment! However, I laughed right out loud when I read it!!! You’re so funny!


10 andy May 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

You don’t want to know #52


11 The Redhead Riter May 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm


That’s torture. Now I REALLY want to know #52. TELL ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


12 Susanne May 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm

The day I stop breathing is the day, I’ll be free of all of my bad habits and vices. Until then, well I’ll continue to do the best I can. Isn’t that what our mom’s preached?! lol


13 The Redhead Riter May 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Oh no, Susanne!

Put your cell phone UNDER the passenger seat right this minute! If you just HAVE TO text or talk on the phone, pull off the road to do it! Where do you live? I’m coming over right now. LOL


14 Susanne May 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Too funny! Did I notice an advertisement for Herb Chambers of Boston on your site? If so, that’s a coincidence since I live outside of Boston. Having had the pleasure of working “in town” and commuting was the reason I suggested “the list” for riding the “T”. Have a great evening.


15 The Redhead Riter May 14, 2012 at 7:55 pm


The ads change and often are specific to your region 🙂

Glad you got a laugh from the post!


16 Buckeroomama May 15, 2012 at 9:25 am

I’ve recently taken a cab from the airport and this cab driver has at least seven cell phones mounted on his dashboard and he was answering different calls and jotting down phone numbers on this little pad he has in front of him. Yes, he was using an ear piece, but still! He was apparently part of a private cab network that takes call orders for cabs and fields it to other cab drivers…


17 The Redhead Riter May 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm



18 Simone @Greatfun4kids May 20, 2012 at 2:14 am

hahaha, what a crazy list.
MOST of it I was like, WHAT??? People DO that???
But then you had to go and add in “Sing”
Now I know you can’t possibly have meant that singing in the car is crazy.
Who DOESN’T do that?
Really? It’s just ME?
oh darnit.

hehehe thanks for link up over at my Best in Blog linky, Red! It’s a pleasure to have ya


19 The Redhead Riter May 20, 2012 at 3:10 am

LOL Simone! Yep, people do stuff on that list because I’ve seen at least two-thirds of it myself!

Now I think singing in the car is crazy when the head is banging back and forth while the body is dancing. Do you go that far? LOL 🙂


20 Quelsia March 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm

how about tearing off pieces of a McDonalds cheesburger to feed not one but 2 of her toddlers in the backseat while singing really loud “the itsy bitsy spider” smoking a cigerette and windows down? yeah i saw that one last week here in indy IN


21 Sherry Riter March 11, 2013 at 8:15 am

Oh my goodness!!!! That’s terrible LOL


22 jp April 28, 2013 at 1:00 am

They are all friggin’ nuts


23 Sherry Riter April 28, 2013 at 1:33 am

LOL!!!!! 😀


24 Kelly Kimbrough July 2, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Lol!! This is great!


25 Sherry Riter July 2, 2015 at 1:42 pm

🙂 Thank you Kelly! 🙂


26 Harold S. December 14, 2015 at 1:27 pm

You forgot, Tie a tie….guilty!


27 Sherry Riter January 18, 2016 at 11:50 pm

LOL Good one!


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