Car insurance customers are taking risks on the road

Car insurance customers who drive to work could be putting their safety in jeopardy by taking unnecessary risks on the road.

New research from Brake and Direct Line has revealed many people are increasing the likelihood of being involved in a serious accident by sending texts, grooming and speeding while in control of a vehicle.

It was shown that while 31 per cent of survey respondents admitted to writing messages at the wheel, 17 per cent have put on their makeup or shaved while in the driver’s seat and 76 per cent have failed to stick to the speed limit in built-up areas.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake – an independent road safety charity – said it is appalling to learn so many people are not sticking to the rules of the road during their commute, adding employers should take action to ensure safe driving policies are put in place that highlight the importance of being responsible behind the wheel.

Ms Townsend stated: “We are also calling on anyone who drives for work to make a commitment to stay within speed limits, stay off the phone and focused on the critical task at hand.

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