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4,000 calories 'consumed in car'

Published 27/06/2010 | 10:21

Motorists munch their way through almost 4,000 calories of food while at the wheel, survey found
Motorists munch their way through almost 4,000 calories of food while at the wheel, survey found

Motorists munch their way through almost 4,000 calories of food and drink a week while at the wheel, a survey has shown.

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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."

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