Warning over eating and driving

Warning over eating and driving

Eating and driving is on the rise among motorists, according to a new study.

The road safety charity Brake found three in five drivers admitted to enjoying food while behind the wheel.

Twenty-nine per cent said they had unwrapped and eaten food, while 33% said they had eaten food that was unwrapped and passed to them by a passenger.

Two per cent said they had to take evasive action of some kind to avoid a crash as a result of being distracted by food and drink.

Personal grooming was also found to be an issue, with 5% of respondents saying they had shaved, combed their hair or put on their make-up in the middle of traffic, with another 15% saying they had carried out some sort of personal grooming while the car was at a stand-still.

Julie Townsend, Brake's deputy chief executive, said that driving is one of the most complicated and risky things people do regularly, "so we can't afford to treat our cars as an extension of our kitchen or bathroom".

Copyright Press Association 2014