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Passion behind the wheel

They may be just a hunk of metal, but cars continue to have a romantic pedigree – and as Valentine’s Day approaches, more so than ever.

A new study reveals that 93 percent of drivers report they engage in some form of romantic activity behind the wheel, be it sexting, whispering sweet nothings into a cell phone — even kissing.

But 29 percent of the drivers surveyed by GfK Custom Research North America admit to getting more amorously revved up in their motor vehicles. Stangely enough, that number rises for more highly educated drivers and high-income motorists.

‘Kissing your Valentine while you're driving certainly can be fun, but it also can be dangerous," said John Egan, managing editor of the survey. ‘Sixteen percent of fatal crashes in 2009 were attributed to distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Given that statistic, it's wise to keep your eyes on the road, rather than on your sweetheart.’

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