Majority of drivers have eaten at the wheel

More than 60 per cent of drivers have admitted eating at the wheel.

New research has revealed that more than 60 per cent of UK motorists have eaten while driving during the last year.

The survey - which was carried out by the British road safety charity Brake - questioned 1,000 participants about their eating habits while at the wheel of a car.

A total of 29 per cent recounted having unwrapped and eaten food products at the same time as driving, while a third revealed that they had been passed food from a passenger.

The results come amid increasing warnings about the dangers to road safety that can arise from losing concentration due to eating on journeys.

An additional two per cent of those questioned admitted that they had to take action to avoid a crash because of eating in the car during the last 12 months.

The report also gained an insight into some of the other activities that cause drivers to partially divert their attention away from the road. One in 20 came clean that they had taken their hands off the wheel in order to comb their hair, apply makeup or shave.

Brake's deputy chief executive Julie Townsend explained that it is strongly recommended that drivers ensure they are fully focused whenever operating a moving vehicle.

She said: "Driving is the most complicated and risky thing most of us do on a regular basis, so it is vital we give it our full and undivided attention. We can't afford to treat our cars as an extension of our kitchen or bathroom."

Ms Townsend went on to discuss the "dramatic increases" in the likelihood of having an accident that can occur as a result of losing concentration while travelling at speed. She warned that worst case scenarios would lead to drivers "crashing and killing or seriously injuring someone".

The charity has now revealed that it hopes to use evidence such as this to persuade the government to increase the penalties - financial or otherwise - that are imposed on those found guilty of driving without care.

 

  • On: 19 February 2014
  • By: CarShop

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