Britons become 'dashboard diners'

More than one in four Britons regularly eat while driving their car, a new survey has found.

The poll by gas supplier Calor Gas reveals that up to 28% eat on the move at least once a week. Among 18-24-year-olds, the percentage of "dashboard diners" is almost 50%.

By contrast, only 21% of those over 55 said they regularly enjoy food while travelling.

The number of dashboard diners has increased the most in the West Midlands over recent years, whereas drivers in the North East stop their car the most when they want to have a quick bite.

The poll also found that young people under 24 have the messiest cars. One in three said their car was littered with empty bottles and food packaging.

This contrasts with around 80% of over-55s who said their car was always clean.

Gaynor Willmott from Calor said: "Identifying the trend of 'dashboard diners' has been very revealing for us as it shows just how busy people's lifestyles are today, with many people grabbing food while on the go."

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