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Poll: 30% of fleet operators eat and drink while driving

Almost 30% of fleet operators eat and drink while driving, even though it is almost as dangerous as using a hands-free or handheld mobile phone and greatly increases the risk of being in or causing a collision, a survey has shown.

This week’s snap poll asked Do you eat and drink while driving? Seventy-one per cent (92) said no, 29% (38) said yes.

According to Lytx Europe, which specialises in driver safety services for commercial fleets, people who eat and drink while driving are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in an accident than drivers who do not because of the distraction it causes.

The company’s data shows drivers who use a hands-free device are 4.6 times more likely to be involved in a collision, compared with 4.7 times for smartphone or tablet users.

Kjell Anderton, a director, said: “Munching a sandwich or sipping coffee – now sold at virtually every service station – seems such an innocent thing to do. But, of course, it’s not.

“When answering the question Do you eat and drink while driving? respondents were very straightforward. Their comments included ‘All the time, unfortunately,’ ‘When I have a long day I have no option as I cannot stop,’ ‘No. I know someone who nearly ended up in a massive accident because of this stupid behaviour,’ ‘All the time, and all my drivers do as well – all six of them,’ and ‘All the time – a habit of a lifetime.’

Other comments included:

  • Occasionally but not all the time
  • All the time
  • More habit than anything, especially as the drivers are all on long drives
  • Confession time: yes I do. I work long hours so it’s practical for me
  • Unfortunately, I am a culprit
  • Sometimes (left by four respondents)
  • No
  • I admit this is something I do all the time. Lol
  • No, never
  • Not really – sometimes
  • I have to admit I am a culprit of this
  • Not really, I have sweets. Does that count?
  • Yes, I do – sometimes
  • Yes (left by two respondents)

Launched in 2009, represents more than 50 tracking and telematics companies across a wide range of technologies. The company’s online service is backed by a team of experienced fleet consultants, who help more than 2,000 new fleets every month. assists organisations large and small to identify the most effective tracking and telematics solutions for their operations.

*The snap poll was held from June 19-25. The question asked was Do you eat and drink while driving? 71% (92) said no, 29% (38) said yes.

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