More than a third of motorists are unaware of changes to the Highway Code, according to a new poll.
Hundreds of drivers admitted doing ‘distracting’ activities while driving, including eating, drinking, smoking, changing CDs or radio stations and telling off their children.
Three-quarters of those questioned said they regularly changed CDs or radio stations while driving, which is considered a ‘distraction’ by the new Highway Code.
Doing distracting activities while driving is not illegal but the new code advises against them because they could lead to a dangerous situation.
Despite this, the survey found 65% of drivers admitted to eating while driving, 59% to drinking soft drinks, 53% to playing loud music and 37% to arguing with other road users or passengers.
Some 36% said they smoked while driving, 31% said they read a map, 24% chastised children or passengers, 23% drove with items on the parcelshelf or dashboard and 10% admitted using distracting toys or gadgets.
The poll of 2,049 adults was commissioned to mark 75 years of the Highway Code.
Francis Browning of Direct Line Car Insurance said: ‘Many of the latest recommendations address certain distractions which would not have existed 75 years ago.’
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