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Admiral reveals UK winter driving habits

16/12/2011

Admiral Insurance has released an infographic to show the results of the winter driving habits of UK motorists.

The company surveyed 2,500 motorists and car insurance policy holders on different aspects of motoring, including drink driving, winter weather and the distance they travel every week.

Results revealed 58 per cent of those surveyed admitted to recently speeding, while 29 per cent admitted to eating or drinking behind the wheel.

On the other hand, 49 per cent of people believe eating while driving should be banned, while another and 52 per cent think drinking behind the wheel should be prohibited.

A further 58 per cent believe smoking should also be banned while driving too.

The British Medical Association have been advocating a smoking ban in vehicles, arguing that tobacco is not only harmful to an individual's health but negatively impacts concentration on the road.

"Let me give you one headline to remember," BMA representative Dr Douglas Noble said. "It would be safer to have your exhaust pipe on the inside of your car than smoke a cigarette, in terms of fine particulate matter released."

Admiral's infographic also highlights differences in attitudes towards driving by gender. Male motorists are more likely to take risks than their female counterparts, with 55 per cent of men ignoring official advice about extreme weather conditions.

49 per cent of males consider it safe to drive after drinking 1 to 2 units of alcohol, compared with just 39 per cent of women.

In contrast, 36 per cent of males considered only not drinking as being safe to drive, while 60 per cent of women polled would only consider not drinking as being safe to drive.

 

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