Eating while driving on the increase, research shows

More and more drivers are eating behind the wheel, a survey into road safety has found. Charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line found more drivers were prepared to risk distraction by eating while driving.

Eating while driving 'dramatically' raises crash chance

Motorists who eat while driving "dramatically increase" their chance of crashing their vehicle and seriously injuring someone, a road safety charity has said.

Brake are calling on the Government to raise fines for distracted and careless drivers and their deputy chief executive Julie Townsend explained:

Eating at the wheel often means taking your eyes, hands and mind off the road and dramatically increases your chances of crashing and killing or seriously injuring someone.

Drivers need to take regular breaks and make time away from their vehicles to enjoy lunch or perform other tasks.

We are also appealing to the Government to increase fines for distraction and careless driving offences, to stop risky multi-tasking drivers.

– Julie Townsend, Brake

More motorists eating while driving, experts warn

The number of drivers who eat behind the wheel has risen over the last twelve months, research has shown.

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Drivers are putting themselves and other road users at risk by eating behind the wheel, experts said. Credit: PA

At least 29% of the 1,000 drivers quizzed by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line admitted to opening and eating food while on the road.

A further 33% said they had eaten food while driving but only after it was unwrapped and passed to them by another passenger.

Some 2% said they had narrowly avoided a crash, and were forced to brake or swerve to dodge a hazard because they had been distracted by food or drink.

Five per cent have shaved, combed hair or applied make-up in free-flowing traffic, while 15% have carried out personal grooming while their vehicle was stationary.

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