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Watchdogs warn: don’t eat and drive

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Don’t get distracted by food while driving – that’s the warning from a local Road Safety Partnership after research revealed that more than sixty per cent of drivers have eaten at the wheel in the past year.

The survey by road safety charity Brake also revealed that:

Twenty nine per cent of the motorists who ate while driving unwrapped food themselves at the wheel – a telling symptom of busy lifestyles putting lives at risk

Thirty three per cent of the motorists who ate while driving had their passengers unwrap their food and pass it to them

Fifteen per cent of drivers have performed personal grooming tasks such as shaving, styling hair or applying make-up in stationary traffic

Five per of drivers have performed personal grooming tasks in free flowing as well as stationary traffic

Mike Ashworth, chairman of the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership’s managing group, said: “Eating at the wheel is part of a wider problem of distracted drivers.

“Today’s busy lifestyles mean that it’s tempting to save time by multitasking at the wheel.

“Our message to drivers is that it’s not worth the risk. You’re more likely to be involved in a crash if you’re distracted by activities such as personal grooming, making calls or checking emails.”

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