Eating At The Wheel


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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.

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