A new academic report reveals that eating while driving can almost double motorists’ reaction times.
The study, commissioned by esure car insurance and carried out by the University of Leeds, found that participants’ reaction times increased by 44% when eating behind the wheel.
The report, ‘Two Hands Better Than One’, also shows that sipping a drink can increase reaction times by more than 22% compared to driving with both hands on the wheel.
Accompanying research from esure revealed that 79% of respondents did not understand the legislation around driving with one hand on the wheel. 17% of respondents thought it acceptable to drive with just one hand on the wheel and 47% admitted to doing this regularly.
Mike Pickard, head of risk and underwriting at esure car insurance, said: “Results from these driving simulator tests give great cause for concern and indicate how dangerous it is for motorists to engage in activities that involve driving with just one hand on the wheel.
“We are appealing for all motorists to take the time to properly plan their car journey before leaving the house. Eat before you step into the car and plan regular breaks at service stations to help fuel any cravings whilst behind the wheel.”
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