More than 28 per cent text while driving says poll
More than a quarter of motorists text while driving while those who use cars for work are even more likely to offend.
And more than one in seven say they apply make-up or shave while at the wheel, the survey by road safety charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line found.
Of those who used a vehicle for work, 31 per cent said they texted while driving compared with a figure of 28 per cent for non-work drivers. A total of 17 per cent of for-work drivers admitted to attending to personal grooming while at the wheel compared with 14 per cent for non-work motorists.
Drivers using vehicles for work were more likely (37 per cent) to talk on hands-free mobiles while on the road than non-work drivers (24 per cent). The poll also found that 54 per cent of for-work road users admitted to speeding on 60mph roads, compared with 34 per cent for non-work drivers.
Sixty eight year old Mary Rutherford, from Withernsea, died when the car she was in was hit head on by Nikita Ainley. She was just 18 and was sending a message on her mobile phone as she drove.
Mrs Rutherford's daughter, Dawn Timmings has previously spoken about her grief and anger over the way her mother died:
"My mum didn't deserve to die like that. I just don't understand what could be so important that you'd put people's lives at risk like that."
Phone records proved that Ainely, now 20, had been sending a message when she smashed head-on into Mrs Rutherford's car in May 2011.
But it was only last month that she pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. Road safety campaigners say sentences should be tough and that people who text while driving can e up to 23 times more likely to crash