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Drivers 'using cars as lovemobiles'

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More than one in 10 British motorists use their cars as 'lovemobiles' in which they can have a passionate fling with their partners, a new poll shows.

According to AutoTrader.co.uk, this behaviour displayed by 12% of more than 2,700 motorists surveyed nationwide is one in a string of bad road habits that is putting drivers at risk.

An overwhelming majority were found to be distracted by music, with 83% saying they listened to it at high volume and 93% admitting they changed CDs or radio stations while at the controls.

The survey found that 41% of motorists used phones for talking or texting while at the wheels, 64% used sat navs, 72% ate or drank and 22% smoked while driving.

More than six in 10 confessed to shouting and making gestures at other motorists.

AutoTrader marketing director Matt Thompson said: "With more than 60% continuing to undertake distracting tasks whilst driving, such as shouting at other road users, many motorists are at risk of picking up endorsement points on their licence for driving without due car and attention, which will ultimately lead to increased motor insurance premiums."

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