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Driver shame as our scary habits revealed

Eddie Cunningham Motoring Editor

Published 31/10/2011 | 05:00

A REVEALING, if frightening, insight into what we get up to behind the wheel is unveiled today.

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It confirms many of the often bizarre activities we see in cars all around us every day -- such as eating (49pc of drivers), talking on the mobile phone (34pc), texting (19pc) and smoking (15pc).

But it also uncovers a more sinister element, and shows we are seriously breaching speed limits.

A majority of men, for example, admitted they had driven at a range of speeds between 140kmh to 200kmh.

The maximum motorway limit is 120kmh. Alarmingly, one in 10 of those surveyed said they had driven at more than 200kmh.

A similar proportion of drivers admitted to damaging someone else's car when parking but nearly one in five of these scampered without bothering to wait to confess to the 'injured' party.

The findings are part of a new Skoda Ireland Motoring Index. It also reveals the high opinion we have of ourselves, with two in five (40pc) convinced they are better drivers than their partners.

Men boast most in this category (49pc), with just 16pc of women making the assertion. Yet far more male drivers break the speed limit.

Nearly two-thirds (64pc), as opposed to 45pc of women, admitted to driving at speeds of 140kmh, 160kmh, 180kmh and 200kmh.

Significant differences emerge between the sexes. The survey found one in five (20pc) could not change a spare wheel, with 37pc of women and just 2pc of men admitting such a shortcoming.

One of the more offbeat findings was that almost one in four motorists (24pc) revealed they had spent a night in their car. No reasons were given.

There was a clear consensus, however, when it came to who irritated them most on the roads today.

The so-called 'boy racers' came in well ahead of everyone else, with 59pc of those surveyed pinpointing them as the bane of their motoring lives.

They were followed by 'Sunday drivers' (31pc) -- a term that is not explained -- and cyclists (9pc).

The latter came in for special criticism from younger drivers, with 23pc of those aged between 18 and 24 saying they disliked cyclists the most.

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