Crazy Things I’ve Seen People Do While Driving


I’ve observed people doing all kinds of crazy things in their cars. Why is it that people in their cars think their private behavior is okay for public viewing? Do they think this metal and glass shield of a car serves as a cloak of invisibility? That may be true if you had your car pimped out with tinted windows, but most people don’t. I know because I can see them!  Based on most of what I’ve seen, doing crazy things while driving is not about shock value or being an exhibitionist. It’s just a complete and utter lack of self awareness.

With that in mind, here are a few things I’ve observed drivers doing in their cars. I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of odd things as well. Let me know what you have seen.

Smoking a joint – Yes, just last week I saw a guy in a Lexus taking a hit. He wasn’t trying to conceal it at all. He was driving alone, crawling along in traffic (while everyone else was going 60 — just kidding). I find it hard to believe that there was a medicinal value that made him a better driver because of it. Has traffic gotten so bad in this city that this is the only way someone can cope?

Shaving – electric shavers, even disposable razors. I’d hate to see the rash from that dry shave!

Putting on makeup – Okay, that said, I have in the past done an excellent job putting on lipstick. I don’t even have to look in the mirror and I don’t get it all over my face. It’s seeing someone going into full face or even just putting on eye makeup, especially mascara, that surprises me the most. It must take great skill to avoid looking like a raccoon or a hooker, or maybe that’s the goal. But here’s the thing … going back to that classic film again A Christmas Story — if you get in an accident, you’ll shoot your eye out! So not worth it.

Picking nose – Really? You haven’t learned by now not to do this in public? I see this all the time!

Picking zits – Yes, I see this all the time too. People go to town on their faces. Ick.

Flossing teeth and not with a toothpick – This begs the question … who carries around dental floss in their car?

Reading a book – I have seen this on the 405 Freeway in traffic, rolling along at maybe 20 MPH. There was a guy with a book on his steering wheel reading. Seems someone literate should be smarter.

Changing clothes – Imagine pulling a shirt over your head at the moment the car in front of you makes a sudden stop. Well, jeez officer I just didn’t see the car in front of me stop.

Using a curling iron on hair – It might be battery operated, but if it curls your hair, it’s going to be hot. You’re going to end up with what appears to be a hickey on your neck or worse, a cold sore on your face.

Now tell me what you’ve seen!


  1. Legend says:

    Well, I’d rather see a bottle in front of me than a pre-frontal lobotomy.

  2. Music Lover says:

    A number of years ago, driving east on Olympic Boulevard between Overland and Beverly Glen, I saw a guy *playing the guitar* while driving!!! He must have been attempting to steer with his left knee. Needless to say, I quickly drove around and past him, praying that he would not cause any accidents.

    Now, you know that I play the guitar. It’s a great hobby. But… while you’re driving? Really???

    Oh, and for the record, I keep dental floss in our car. My husband actually does use it while driving (which makes me nervous). I only use it while parked. But it comes in handy when I have lunch stuck between my teeth!

  3. Larry says:

    Picking their nose is a top one that I have seen in drivers. Turning around to yell or smack a child is another. My biggest gripe is the texting. 9 out of 10 times when someone is going slow or is not accelerating when the light turns green (or does not stay in their lane) it is a driver that is texting and is not afraid to show the whole world that they are doing it. Finally, this one time I think a driver was actually looking at herself in the phone as it rested on her steering wheel (it must have had a forward facing camera). I’d rather see a nose picker than a phone user any day (actually, I’d prefer neither if I had my drothers).

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