New research has revealed the worst habits of British drivers on the road. With more than 180,000 accidents happening on Britain’s road each year it is worrying that so many drivers are not concentrating on their vehicle.
According to a report from a leading high street retailer, eating and drinking behind the wheel was the biggest problem, with more than 40 per cent admitting to consuming food and beverages in the car during.
Driving when tired was common among around a third of motorists, with a fifth claiming that they drove without shoes or while wearing flip flops, the supermarket giant added. Other potential hazards reported include driving whilst talking or texting on a mobile phone, reading a map, tailgating and driving a vehicle with dirty windows which limits visibility.
These bad driving habits may not only affect those in control of the car but also passengers as more than 650,000 drivers have admitted to using second hand car seats for their children. In addition, almost 500,000 drivers said they had driven with a child under the age of seven when they were not in appropriate safety seating.
Such acts can lead to motoring convictions which can in turn result in people compromising their car insurance policies if they are viewed as a risk by cover companies. A spokeswoman from the company commented that it is "easy" to get complacent.
"Unfortunately, many motorists may not have considered the dangers behind some of their actions," she said.