Drivers' bizarre behaviour revealed
Published 18/04/2011 | 00:24
Bizarre behaviour while driving includes shaving and even reading a book at the wheel, a survey has revealed.
Some drivers have taken their eyes off the road to kiss a passenger, while women motorists sometimes put on make-up at the wheel, the poll by Santander car insurance found.
As many as 11% of men and 5% of women admitted having an accident because they were distracted while driving, according to the survey of 1,000 motorists.
Also, 30% of men and 20% of women said they had had a near miss through such distractions as adjusting the car stereo, eating or consuming soft drinks.
Other distractions include talking on hand-held mobile phones and map reading.
Although 96% acknowledged that texting while driving was the most dangerous behaviour, around 20% admitted doing it themselves.
While most drivers expressed anger at seeing other motorists' unsafe behaviour, 75% confessed to their own distracted-driving actions.
Santander Insurance director Colin Greenhill said: "Clearly, motorists understand their risky behaviours are dangerous but many take their eyes off the road to do something other than driving.
"Concentrating on the road ahead is essential and drivers should adhere to this, regardless of how 'important' their other task may be."