Poll Reveals Nation's Driving Habits

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22nd October 2012 11:32 - Automotive

Research carried out by Sainsbury’s Car Insurance has discovered that the number of people who drink and drive remains steady.  In 2012, 6% of drivers revealed they have got behind the wheel after drinking an alcoholic drink, the same figure as last year.  A further 6% admitted to driving in the morning after drinking the night before.  Nearly a fifth (18%) said they continue to drive when they feel tired, which is also the same figure as in 2011.

The poll, which questioned drivers about their habits whilst on the road, found the number of people exceeding the speed limit by at least 10mph has dropped since last year, with only 17% of drivers in 2012 admitting they have committed this act, compared to 19% in 2011.

In addition, 5% claimed they have used their phone, without a hands-free kit, whilst driving, a drop of 1% since last year.  In contrast, the number of people texting has risen from 4% to 5% in 2012.

Over one in four (27%) drivers admitted to eating and drinking behind the wheel, whilst 3% of women claimed they apply make-up whilst driving.

Ben Tyte, Head of Sainsbury’s Car Insurance said: “It's encouraging to see that driver behaviour on our roads remains, on the whole, at a consistent level and is improving in some areas. We're pleased to see a reduction in excessive speeding, as this is the cause of so many accidents on our roads.”

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