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Dangerous habits uncovered by UK car insurance company
Eating behind the wheel has come out on top of dangerous driving habits in a study carried out by a UK car insurance company.
Sainsbury's Car Insurance found that 68% of motorists in the UK had some kind of dangerous driving to own up to for July 2007 alone - a figure which reached 80% in certain areas of the country.
Eating whilst driving was by far the most common bad habit that motorists admitted to, with 40% of drivers reporting that they had had a nibble on some crisps or other foodstuff whilst on the road.
This was followed by driving whilst fatigued, a dangerous practice which 34% of motorists polled by the UK car insurance company owned up to. Other habits which could put drivers' motor insurance at risk included driving in flip flops or barefoot (20%), speeding (17%), using a hand-held phone (14%) and driving after drinking alcohol (10%).
A spokesperson for Sainsbury's Car Insurance commented: "It can be easy to become complacent behind the wheel of a car especially when driving regular routes but our advice is to stay alert and safe and don't be distracted.
"Just one mistake could have terrible consequences. Unfortunately, many motorists may not have considered the dangers behind some of their actions."
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