More than half of motorists eat at wheel
Published 28/07/2010 | 05:00
Many motorists are guilty of eating while driving, according to a survey.
Some late-running drivers also finish dressing at the wheel while others put on make-up, the poll from Co-operative Insurance found.
As many as 53pc of the 3,000 people polled admitted eating or consuming soft drinks while driving, with 12pc smoking.
Also, 11pc prepared for meetings at the wheel, while 7pc illegally spoke on mobile phones and 6pc put on make-up or got dressed.
The survey showed 46pc of drivers were likely to speed when they were running late, while 43pc tended to exceed speed limits when they were in a bad mood.
Drivers also tended to go too fast when they were on motorways, when they needed the toilet and when they were tired travelling to or from work.
Overall, 54pc of those polled admitted to irresponsible driving habits. Grant Mitchell, of Co-operative Insurance, said: "These alarming figures show drivers are unnecessarily increasing the chances of causing or being involved in an accident.
"Taking a sip of a drink or a quick bite of a sandwich while driving may seem harmless. However, the consequence of taking your full concentration off the road could result in a road traffic accident, which could change lives forever."
Third Swift ups power
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