75% say smoking affects driving

Millions of motorists are being put at risk by drivers who smoke while driving, according to a survey.

The survey by Autoglass shows three quarters of smokers say their driving is negatively affected if they light up behind the wheel, and half of the drivers questioned said they have less control of the steering wheel if they smoke and drive.

A majority of the 3,000 drivers questioned said smoking either distracted them or caused them to lose their concentration while driving. As a result seven out of ten drivers believe it is dangerous to smoke at the wheel and that it should be banned.

The results show that if a driver smokes three cigarettes in a one-hour journey, they will not be concentrating for 25% of the time.

Amanda Sandford, of the campaign group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), said: "Smoking while driving is incredibly dangerous and by becoming distracted, smokers are putting themselves and other drivers at risk."

Nigel Doggett, managing director of Autoglass, said: "Driving is a complicated business, and not an area where you can multi-task. This is a road safety issue which must be taken very seriously."

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