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Drivers admit to getting distracted, survey shows

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Despite the average British driver giving him or herself seven out of ten when asked to rate their own driving, an alarmingly high proportion of motorists admitted to getting distracted when behind the wheel with one in three Brits confessing they regularly lose concentration.

According to research by The Co-operative, nearly one in five people still talks on their mobile phone without using a hands-free device - despite it being illegal. This statistic increases to 22 per cent among 18 to 24-year-olds.

Furthermore, a quarter of people are checking their phones for texts and eight per cent are browsing social media.

Aside from mobile phones, ten per cent of drivers admit to doing their makeup and 20 per cent to checking a road map when driving.

The responses showed that, in spite of these admissions, the average driver would still rate other road users' driving as a five.

Amy Kilmartin, young driver insurance manager at The Co-operative, commented: "Our research shows that most people think they drive better than other motorists, despite admitting to getting distracted behind the wheel."ADNFCR-2576-ID-801535432-ADNFCR

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