4,000 calories 'consumed in car'
Published 27/06/2010 | 10:21
Motorists munch their way through almost 4,000 calories of food and drink a week while at the wheel, a survey has shown.
As many as 56% of drivers tuck in while motoring, with chocolate and fizzy drinks the favourite fare, the poll by Kia Motors found.
Also, 38% said they had always eaten and drunk while driving, while 43% reckon snacking relieves boredom.
The poll showed that 45% of motorists eat and drink on the go because they do not have time at home.
A total of 15% of drivers admit to drinking their morning cup of tea or coffee in the car in order to extend their lie-in, while 10% regularly juggle a sandwich with the steering wheel. A further 10% of Brits admit to driving frequently with one hand inside a packet of crisps.
Kia Motors UK communications director Steve Kitson said: "While consuming food and drink at the wheel is not currently illegal, the law takes a very dim view of any activity that compromises a driver's focus on the road.
"It is much safer either to build in time before leaving home or to take a break during your journey. Trying to concentrate on the road ahead and stay vigilant of other motorists while eating and drinking inevitably compromises a driver's reaction time and focus."