A new survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) indicates that a small majority believe that smoking while driving should be banned – but a sizeable minority believe that such a ban would be unenforceable.
In the survey of motorists, 56% of respondents were in favour of banning smoking while driving, with 45% saying the ban would be unenforceable.
The survey also revealed that 75% think that lighting a cigarette while driving is a serious distraction; 52% think the act of lighting a cigarette is the greatest potential danger of smoking and driving; and just 2% believe that there are no dangers associated with smoking while driving.
48% of respondents claim that smoking while driving is irresponsible, and 46% believe it is as dangerous as driving while using a mobile phone.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “Smoking is clearly seen as a serious issue by motorists and highlights the impact of distractions in the car.
“The health benefits may be clear but more research needs to be done to determine whether there are actual road safety grounds to act on these concerns by banning smoking and driving altogether.”
For more information contact the IAM.