Car insurance: smokers speed and lose focus

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Motorists who smoke could concentrate less on the road, which could lead to an increased chance of accident and the need to make a car insurance claim, according to a new report.

A study by Motorpoint reveals that drivers who take time at the wheel to chew on a sandwich or sip on a drink, smokers lose concentration.

At the same time, a survey by a car insurance provider has discovered that smokers on average drive 23 per cent faster than non-smokers.

And the survey by Motorpoint also found that 62 per cent of respondents want smoking prohibited in private cars.

Lighting up is already forbidden in company cars which other people could drive but some groups would like to extend the law to all cars.

This, they claim, would protect children and other passengers from passive smoking.

If the figures are true, it would also make the roads safer, with motorists slowing down and paying more attention to the road.

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