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Some drivers 'shave at the wheel'

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Bizarre driving behaviour that causes motorists to take their eyes off the road include shaving and even reading a book at the wheel, a poll has shown.

The survey of 1,000 motorists by Santander car insurance found that other activities which distract motorists from the road ahead include kissing a passenger and putting on make-up.

Findings revealed that 11% of men and 5% of women say they have been in an accident because they were distracted while driving.

According to the survey, nearly a third (30%) of men and one in five women have come close to having a crash due to distractions such as adjusting the car stereo, eating or consuming soft drinks.

Other distracted-driving actions include talking on hand-held mobile phones and map reading.

The study also found that while 96% acknowledged that texting while driving was the most dangerous behaviour, nearly one in five admitted doing it themselves.

While most drivers expressed anger at seeing other motorists' unsafe behaviour, 75% confessed to their own distracted-driving actions.

Colin Greenhill, director, Santander Insurance, said: "Clearly, motorists understand their risky behaviours are dangerous but many take their eyes off the road to do something other than driving.

"Concentrating on the road ahead is essential and drivers should adhere to this, regardless of how 'important' their other task may be."

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