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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.

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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.

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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